Dal scam: Criminal action against suppliers, officers ordered

With the Rs 700 crore dal scam set to rock the Assembly session, the Orissa govt ordered initiation of criminal proceeding against those involved in the supply of sub-standard pulses for children and pregnant women.

Last Updated: Feb 13, 2011, 22:42 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: With the Rs 700 crore dal scam
set to rock the Assembly session starting on Monday, the Orissa
government on Sunday ordered initiation of criminal proceeding
against those involved in the supply of sub-standard pulses
for children and pregnant women.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik accepted a proposal of
vigilance department to start criminal action against the
persons concerned involved in the supply of dal under mid-day
meal (MDM) and supplementary nutrition programme (SNP).

About one crore beneficiaries, including 50 lakh
children, were fed infected and sub-standard dal at different
schools in anganwadi centres for years.

"The chief minister has also ordered disciplinary action
against the officials allegedly involved in dal-related
irregularities," an official spokesman said, adding that
action against suppliers and tainted officers would start
soon.

Confirming supply of a huge quantity of sub-standard
pulses under MDM and SNP, the vigilance wing had submitted its
report on the irregularities in five districts, Deogarh,
Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Ganjam and Jajpur.

Though Pramila Mallik resigned as the minister of women
and child development and actions initiated against three IAS
officers who worked as collectors during the scam, no action
were taken against suppliers.

The women and child development department was the nodal
agency of the two social programmes.

After tendering her resignation, Mallik, however, claimed
that the vigilance department had given her clean chit in the
irregularities.

PTI