Punjab jails spend over 100 crores without any tender. In a new revelation, it has been found that ration of more than 100 crore has been procured in Punjab jails without the passing of any tenders. The new revelation has disclosed that no written agreement was made between the jail department and the Metro, from where more than 100 crore worth of goods were purchased for the jails. Another important fact of this revelation is that the Metro has been paid in more than 75 per cent of the payment in cash and only 25 per cent was paid through cheques. The Superintendent of Punjab Jails issued strict guidlines that whole material from Metro should be bought by cash. While one official also informed that Metro too insisted on payments through cash and if in case a cheque was sent, they would hesitatingly accept or many times denied accepting the cheque.It is astonishing that from 1965 to 2013, the Canteen Act 1965 continued well until 2013 but this act started to be ridiculed from 2013 to 2016. In the revelation made after an RTI was filed in matter, it was informed that Metro had been supplying goods worth crores without any agreement and on kept the prices on their own will. The RTI reply clearly stated that the Punjab Government and the Jail department did not make any agreement with the Metro.Assistant Jail Superintendent Karanveer Singh Bhullar said that according to the RTI, the goods supplied without any agreement and without tender and more than 75 percent of the payment done was though cash. He said that the police is pressurizing the matter and CBI should be investigate and also demanded inquiry from the High Court.The cash book of the Kapurthala jail felt into the hands of the media and it revealed that the payments were made to the Metro in cash. A jail official told on condition of anonymity that the headquarter was instructed to buy the entire goods in cash and keep a written record. But the authorities of the Punjab jails kept the details of the purchase and payment of the goods so that no one points finger at them.A section of that cashbook has also reached the media, which clearly has Kapurthala jail payments recorded which proved that Metro was paid in cash. In these three years in Kapurthala Prison, goods worth Rupees 4,82,73,838 were spent without any tenders and 75 percent of payment was done by cash.
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