New Delhi: A demand was raised in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday for a thorough probe into "LTC scam involving lakhs and crores of rupees" and stern action against all those involved in the alleged racket.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Basavaraj Patil (BJP) said, "lakhs and crores of rupees is involved in a scam involving Leave Travel Concession(LTC) claims by PSU employees and those in higher posts...The nation should know what steps have been taken in this case...How much money is involved and who all are involved in this scam?"
Demanding a thorough probe into the issue, Patil said false travel claims were made by central government and public sector employees through fake tickets for travel on state-run Air India (AI).
Six hundred fake AI tickets have been detected while another 400 SpiceJet tickets have also been traced, he said, adding, there are cases where business tickets have also been issued to secretary rank officers in flights where there are no business classes.
The cost of such tickets even for Andaman & Nicobar islands are said to be running into lakhs of rupees ranging from Rs 1.05 lakh to Rs 2.10 lakh and the matter has been referred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), he said.
He said CVC in August had received one dozen such complaints.
Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien said the government should take note and then respond while a large number of BJP members associated with the demand for a stringent action against those claiming fraudulent LTC claims.
Minister of Heavy Industry Praful Patel, who was present, said, "Whatever issues are being raised by the members are all serious...Whether it is Syria issue, rape, HPCL fire or LTC... These are definitely going to be conveyed to the concerned ministers."