Insurance Scam: Cong Demands Time Bound Probe 

SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee Friday demanded a time bound high-level probe to book the culprits involved in “bungling” in Reliance General Insurance policy.

The JKPCC welcomed Governor Satya Pal Malik’s decision to immediately cancel the contract in view of the gross corruption.

Malik Thursday cancelled the state government’s tie up with Reliance General Insurance for providing the group mediclaim health insurance policy to employees as there was “some bungling” in it.

The decision comes after the mandatory Reliance insurance for the state government employees and pensioners had sparked a row.

JKPCC chief spokesperson Ravinder Sharma told reporters here the Congress demanded a time bound high-level probe to book the culprits involved in the bungling in the insurance policy and immediate arrest of those guilty involved in another big deal of Rs 100 crore in the construction of a dam, as stated by the governor.

Since the governor has himself confirmed that huge corruption is involved in these two matters, it calls for immediate action against all those beneficiaries involved and culprits can’t go scot free, Sharma said.

He said the governor has vindicated the Congress charges led by Rahul Gandhi that undue favours have been extended to Anil Ambani’s Reliance group. By flouting all norms, as in this case, gross violations of rules and blatant misuse of powers has been done, he said.

The culprits should be immediately exposed and booked under law, he added.

Tarigami Asks For Punishing Those In Health Insurance Scam

MLA Kulgam and senior CPI (M) leader, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami, Friday asked Governor, Satya Pal Malik, to act against those who had approved health insurance contract with the Reliance General Insurance Company which has been named in the Rafale fighter jet scam.

He said that the health scheme for the employees was rolled out to benefit the Reliance company. “On October 3, we had raised this issue through press and we welcome that the Governor has taken a timely decision to scrap the deal,” Tarigam said.

“But more needs to be done by punishing those involved in this dubious deal. Heads must roll and people should know who the actors behind the scam were. The contract had been allotted to the same company which is involved in a controversy over Rs 59000-crore Rafale deal related to procurement of fighter jets by India.”

“Also the government needs to clarify how the employees would be refunded the amount that was deducted from their salaries as first instalment for the scheme. The government must follow all   formalities when it decides to roll out any such scheme in future. It is totally unjustified and a big burden on employees and people of the state to give contracts worth billions to companies without following the set norms. An open bid to select the insurance company on lowest premium must be done,” he said.

Tarigami called on the government, “to keep into consideration that equal premium for poor lass IV employees and gazetted officers and above in the scheme is unjustified and unacceptable.” “The premium must be charged proportionate to the salary of the employees.”  

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