Recovery of Rs.294 lakh embezzled by accused begins.
Chandigarh – Efforts are underway to flush out Rs 294 lakh reportedly embezzled in Morinda cooperative sugar mill by certain employees of the mill. Punjab government has constituted a three-member committee to inquire into the matter. The alleged scam is about the sale of sugar in the mill. According to the investigation report received by Daily Post, the involvement of employees right from the General Manager to Class Four employees has been uncovered. Some of the employees involved in the scam have since retired.The interesting thing unravelled in the alleged scam is that a Class Four employee was the kingpin, who distributed the alleged bribe money to all, who were involved in the scam. The inquiry committee has also recommended recovering Rs 35 lakh from the said Class Four employee out of the total Rs 294 lakh. Sources disclosed that preparations are on to form a new inquiry committee to end this old investigation report. According to information, the alleged scam took place around two years ago and came to light only a year ago.
Managing Director, Sugarfed had ordered an inquiry into the matter after constituting a three member committee. Gurcharan Grover, Chief Account Officer, Sugar Mill, Nawanshahr, Ujjari Lal, Chief Chemist, Sugar Mill, Batala and Amrik Singh Teja, Assistant Account Officer, Sugarfed, Punjab were included in the three-member investigation team. According to information, it was recorded in the sugar sale policy to invite a bid according to availability of sugar kept for sale. But the mill had sold sugar 20 times more than the said invited tender and that too without any security by J: norms and rules.Although there is penalty provision for those parties who failed to deposit amount in a timely fashion, but the mill had to face big financial losses for not collecting the penalty amount. According to investigation report, dry sugar had been sold by declaring it as wet sugar at low prices. No recovery was made from traders for Rs 8 lakh worth of jute bags. The report reveals that from 2006-07 to 2015-16, the mill had to recover several crore from traders, but these were not recovered and there were many discrepancies in accounts also. There were also doubts expressed in the tenders.In the report, General Manager BS Jafil, Chief Accounts Officer Bhupinder Singh, Akhil Ahmad, Chief Chemist, Davinder Singh, sale incharge, present sale incharge and Chief Chemist had been found responsible. The more interesting fact, Davinder Singh, who had been positioned as Superintendent, a Class One post, in the mill was actually a Class Four employee and his qualification was Class XII, which was clearly a violation of rules. In this inquiry report, it has been recommended to recover Rs 79 lakh from General Manager, Rs 77 lakh from Chief Accounts Officer, Rs 36 lakh from Chief Chemist, Rs 35 lakh from Sale Incharge and Rs 36 lakh from another employee. Sources said that attempts are ongoing to suppress the case to such extent that neither anyone has been suspended in this case nor has any FIR been lodged. Attempts made to contact the concerned officers went futile. Meanwhile, Retired Pensioners “Workers’ Federation, Punjab has sought a separate inquiry from the Vigilance Bureau in the alleged scam.
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