Shimla: Himachal Pradesh government has
ordered an immediate inquiry into alleged financial
irregularities in the International Roerich Memorial Trust
(IRMT), which takes care of a Russian painter`s estate in the
The functioning of the trust at Naggar in Kullu has come
under scanner with S S Chandel, a life trustee seeking an
enquiry into allegations of financial irregularities and
Singh, who made a fresh complaint against the trust
yesterday said that Chief Minister P K Dhumal has ordered
immediate enquiry into the allegations and Principal secretary
(Language and Culture) Manisha Nanda has been asked to look
into the matter.
Chandel had pointed out in his complaint that meetings of
the Board of Trustees (BOT) and Executive Committee (EC) of
the IRMT were not being held regularly and no meeting of the
BOT had taken place since 2006.
Only one meeting of the Executive Committee was called
during the last financial year against mandatory provision to
hold at least four meetings, he said.
He alleged that the trust had become an "arena of
squabbles and no corrective action was being taken to remove
the irregularities due to defiant attitude of some
No one has been held accountable for various omissions
and commissions and even serious financial irregularities have
been overlooked, he added.
Demanding an in-depth probe into the affairs of the
Trust, Chandel said that in case it was not done it would hurt
the very spirit and purpose for which the trust was formed as
it was a symbol of the traditional bond of friendship between
Russia and India.
The Trust was created by Russian artist Svetoslav Roerich
and his wife Devika Rani, big screen queen of yesteryears.
The IRMT, located in Kullu Valley in the state functions
under the patronage of the co-chairmen of the Russian-Indian
Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific,
Technological and Cultural Cooperation (IGC).
The memorial complex of the Roerichs in the township of
Naggar in the Valley comprises the estate where the
illustrious Russian family of the elder Roerichs lived from
1929 to 1947, an Art Gallery and the `Urusvati` Himalayan
Until his death in 1993, it was the abode of Svetoslav
Roerich and his legendary film star wife, Rani. The estate is
considered one of the unique treasure-houses of world culture.