Big action in Uttarakhand ration scam: 1.44 crore recovery order from 5 officers and employees

Dehradun. In Uttarakhand (Uttarakhand), more than 11 thousand kattas of the poor’s share of ration was crushed. In this, orders for recovery of one crore 44 lakh fifty thousand have been issued on five officers and employees of Food and Civil Supplies Department who have been scammed. These orders come almost two years after the scam came to light. The then center in-charge, who was found mainly guilty in the case, has now also retired.

In the year 2018, 8180 pieces of rice, 2317 wheat and some sugar sacks were found missing from the government food warehouse located in Transport Nagar, capital Dehradun. On November 22, 2018, the government immediately suspended the center in-charge Kailash Chandra Pandey, who was looking after the charge of this warehouse, and formed a joint investigation team of Finance Controller, Food and Chief Marketing Officer Food. Based on the report of the investigation team, on December 26, 2018, the charge sheet was handed over to the main accused, center in-charge Kailash Chandra Pandey. A whole year was spent in this whole process. After a year after the reply given by Pandey in the charge sheet was not found satisfactory, on 22 December 2019, the investigation of the matter was handed over to the Divisional Food Controller Kumaon Lalit Mohan Rayal.

When Ryal submitted his report, the accused Pandey accused the departmental officers of forgery conspiracy and said that the investigation of the case should be done by an independent investigating agency or DM. On this, DM Dehradun was entrusted with the investigation of the entire episode. DM Dehradun submitted his report to the government on 4 November 2020. The report once again found the then center in-charge Kailash Chandra Pandey to be the main culprit. It was said in the investigation report that due to this there was a loss of 1 crore 44 lakh 54 thousand to the exchequer. Even after three-three investigations, the matter was hung for about eight months. When News18 questioned the departmental minister Banshidhar Bhagat in this matter, he summoned the file and then action started in the matter.

In addition to the then center in-charge Kailash Chandra Pandey, who retired on Thursday, recovery orders of one crore 44 lakh fifty thousand were issued from four employees including Marketing Inspector Liaquat Hussain, Ishrat Azim, Marketing Assistant Dinesh Lal. According to the order, fifty percent of the entire amount will be recovered mainly from the then center in-charge Kailash Chandra Pandey, who has retired. The remaining fifty percent amount will be reimbursed from the four employees.

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