CM orders probe into flood relief scam
The scam surfaced during the hearing carried out by State Information Commissioner Anil Sharma where a RTIpetitioner submitted documents showing massive irregularities. The documents indicated that officials relished choicest of cuisine even as people suffered in front of their eyes.
Taking cognisance of the allegations, the Chief Minister on Saturday asked Chief Secretary to look into the matter and take action against the erring officials, sources in the Chief Minister’s
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Through the RTI replies, several glaring examples of forged and inflated bills had come to the light which showed officials billing the exchequer Rs 194 for half a litre milk, enjoyed stay in hotels which were over Rs 7,000 per day, relished mutton, chicken, cottage cheese and <g data-gr-id="29">gulab</g> <g data-gr-id="30">jamuns</g>.
The officials allegedly distributed relief funds twice to same persons, purchased 1,800 rain coats from the same shop for three consecutive days, submitted fuel bills indicating that diesel was purchased for scooters and motorcycles which were camouflaged as four wheelers.
In a 12-page order, passed after hearing complainant Bhupendra Kumar of National Action Forum for Social Justice, Sharma has taken note of bills provided by various districts in response to RTI queries seeking to know details of funds spent on relief work in the aftermath of the tragedy that claimed 3,000 lives, with many still missing.