Dal scam: Vigilance submits status report in HC

State Vigilance Directorate, has submitted a status report pertaining to the multi-crore dal scam in five districts.

Cuttack: State Vigilance Directorate, the anti-corruption wing of police department has submitted a status report in Orissa High Court pertaining to the ongoing investigations into multi-crore dal scam in five districts.

The Directorate maintains that pecuniary advantages to the tune of Rs 19.62 crore were made by certain government officials by showing undue favour to private suppliers and traders in the districts of Balasore, Jajpur, Ganjam, Mayurbhanj and Deogarh.

As a result, poor and substandard quality of pulses was supplied during implementation of feeding schemes in 2009-10 and 2010-11, said the report submitted, Tuesday.

School students, children, pregnant and nursing mothers coming under midday meal (MDM), supplementary nutrition programme (SNP) and emergency food programme (EFP) in these districts were provided with mould-grown and
substandard pulses, it said.

The report further said that at least one criminal case each was registered in all these districts in which a total of 34 accused persons were arrested ever since the
vigilance registered cases over the scam earlier this year.

All the arrested persons were, however, released on bail as per orders of the High Court, the report maintains.

The investigating officers have also examined at least 87 witnesses and seized a total of 152 documents from all the five districts, the report said adding that further
investigation in the cases are on.

Detailing the findings from each of these districts, the report said samples collected from different feeding centres were sent for laboratory tests to Bhubaneswar-based
State Drugs Management Unit.

"In most of the samples, the analytical reports said the pulses did not confirm to the prescribed standard and were highly infected and of poor quality due to presence of insects in it," the report said.

The irregularities in supply of pulses was brought to the notice of vigilance sleuths by Bari MLA Debashis Naik last year.

The then Women and Child Development minister Pramila Mallick resigned over the scam, the state government took action against three district (Deogarh, Mayurbhanj and Balasore) collectors.


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