Govt orders probe into Rs 27 cr scam

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 30: Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Syed Basharat Ahmed Bukhari  today ordered an inquiry into the alleged irregularities worth over Rs 27 crore in the relief  funds meant for the Kashmir migrants.
While responding to  the strong demand of the BJP members Surinder Mohan Ambardar and  Sofi Yousuf  with regard to the probe into alleged irregularities in works worth over Rs 27 crore in  migrants colonies at Nagrota, Jagti, Muthi, Purkhu and other places and illegal allotment of works without tenders to favourite contractors,  the Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation assured the members of the Legislative Council  to  hold a thorough probe into the matter and take action against those found responsible for it.
Ambardar said that Central Government had sanctioned Rs 27 crore for the repair/ renovation of  quarters of Kashmir migrants at various places like Nagrota, Jagti and  Muthi. He alleged that  Relief Commissioner in connivance with the Executive Engineer concerned accommodated their favourite contractors without going for the proper tender procedures.  Flouting Government guidelines,  e-tendering procedure was set aside by the officers. He said just this month works Rs 2 crore were allotted  calendestinely by giving advertisement notice in a just tabloid and unpopular paper to make way for the favourities. He demanded that tender be cancelled and fresh tenders should be issued by giving wider publicity in leading newspapers.
Ambardar demanded that Relief Commissioner and  Executive Engineer Relief be placed under suspension pending inquiry.  Both the BJP members also referred to a detailed report in this regard published in a local newspaper.