Bihar to order probe into alleged irregularities in allotment

Bihar government on Thursday said it would order a probe by the state vigilance bureau into alleged widespread irregularities in allotment of coal and rice in the Bihar State Cooperative Marketing Union Limited (BISCOMAUN).

Last Updated: Mar 24, 2011, 16:13 PM IST

Patna: Bihar government on Thursday said it would order a probe by the state vigilance bureau into alleged widespread irregularities in allotment of coal and rice
in the Bihar State Cooperative Marketing Union Limited (BISCOMAUN).

Replying to a question by Vinay Kumar Singh (BJP), State Cooperative Minister Ramadhar Singh admitted that there were complaints of large-scale irregularities in allocation of coal to agencies which were non-existent.

Singh said the Director (Industry) had in 2001 and 2006 had complained about the irregularities and later, inquiries were ordered.
While some of the officials were punished, some of them were yet to be punished, he said.

He said the state government would get the entire complaints of irregularities committed in allocation of coal to fake and forged firms inquired into and take punitive action against the guilty officials.

The minister also accepted the demand by the BJP member for a house committee to probe alleged swindling of funds worth Rs one crore provided by BISCOMAUN to a Rohtas-based cooperative firm for purchase of rice between 2007 and 2008.

PTI