Tainted official promoted twice in six months
PULWAMA: An official of the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department (CAPD) who was recently suspended following a complaint that the he was involved in ration scandal, has been promoted to the post of Chief Inspector. He has also been entrusted with additional charge of Assistant Director making it his second promotion within a span of six months.
In a letter vide number CA&PDD/Pul/2014/4087 to the Director CA&PD Kashmir, Assistant Director Pulwama had revealed that then Tehsil Supply Officer (TSO) had indulged in fraud and has misappropriated all but 8672.72 quintals of rice in Khrew circle of South Kashmirs Pulwama district.
Assistant Director CA&PD Pulwama in his letter to the Director had also revealed that Vigilance Organization Kashmir vide order number SP(ABP)-14-AHD-605-A had asked for the grain bag statement of Kakapora and Pulwama circles in which the said TSO is also involved in issuing over and above quantity of food grains in BPL and AAY category and the records pertaining to this is missing in district Pulwama, which according to the AD Pulwama needs to be verified at grass root level.
AD Pulwama had further written that the said TSO had been indulged in this practice for a long time and the same has been unnoticed by the concerned officers of the department.
Soon after the fraud surfaced, the Chief Accounts Section of the Department conducted an inquiry held the said TSO responsible for the fraud. In its findings the inquiry committee maintained that the total quantity of 8672.72 quintals of rice in APL category has been issued over and above than the actual allotment while the TSO failed to monitor the distribution of food grains and did not report the over and above distribution, which could have prevented further continuation and malpractices in the Circle.
Accused TSO was immediately attached and later on suspended while a team of inquiry was constituted to probe his shoddy character.
Despite the suspension and attachment of the said official, the CAPD Directorate has promoted him to the post of Chief Inspector.
Employees in the department are shocked over the development and blame the authorities for the mess. They claim that the accused official greased the palms of some top officers of the department. Instead of taking him task, the authorities have promoted him. This will certainly send a wrong signal, an Assistant Director on condition of anonymity told CNS adding that when the file about the shoddy dealings of the official was placed before the incumbent CAPD Minister, but he didnt initiate any action against the official.
They said that the accused official issued 17740.68 quintals of rice in excess quantity in Pulwama and Kakapora circles from 2002 to 2003 under BPL/AAY category, but no inquiry was conducted till date, even though Assistant Director had requested Director CAPD vide number CAPDDD/Pul/2014/5716 but no inquiry was conducted in this regard.
When contacted a top official from CAPD Department said that he doesnt know how the accused against whom inquiry is still pending has been promoted. I will definitely look into the matter. It should not have happened, he said.
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