Vigilance Bureau registers case in Pulse scam
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 05, 2012, 18:27
  
Shimla: The state Vigilance Bureau has registered a case in connection with the multi-crore pulses purchase scam in Himachal Pradesh's Civil Supplies Corporation.

The case was registered after the Vigilance Bureau detected irregularities in the tendering process during scrutiny of records.

The Bureau has initially registered case against one person only under Prevention of Corruption Act even though two officers of the corporation - a general manager and an assistant procurement officer - were suspended a few days ago on the basis of the departmental enquiry.

On the basis of the findings, it was concluded that the alleged manipulations caused a loss of over Rs 1 crore per month to the corporation.

The preliminary findings found that prima facie, the bidding process was adversely affected due to the unauthorised manipulation of tender conditions which was done deliberately by officers of the Corporation to favour certain firms, DIG, (SV and ACB), Himanshu Mishra said.

The alleged irregularities in the tenders pertain to charges for transporting pulses from the Mumbai port, grading and packaging by the corporation.

The corporation procures over 3,700 metric tonnes of pulses every month for distribution through fair price shops to over 16 lakh ration card holders across the state.

The pulses purchased by the Corporation included chana dal, urad dal and kala chana for supply under subsidised ration scheme to all ration card holders including the Above Poverty Line (APL) families through PDS.

The government was providing a subsidy of Rs 120 crore on subsidised ration scheme.

The government had ordered an inquiry after the issue was raised in the Vidhan Sabha during the winter session and the inquiry revealed irregularities in the tendering process.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, February 05, 2012, 18:27


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