Sunday, October 27, 2013

FUND IRREGULARITIES IN KENDU LEAF CIRCLE ALLEGED Monday, 28 October 2013 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

FUND IRREGULARITIES IN KENDU LEAF CIRCLE ALLEGED
Monday, 28 October 2013 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

Members of Odisha Kendu Leaf Employees’ Union Paikmal, led by its secretary of Padampur Kendu Leaf Division Pradeep Purohit, Dhiren Mohanty and others, have demanded a thorough probe into the financial irregularities to the tune of crores of rupees committed in the Padampur division during the tenure of DFO (Kendu Leaf) Debarbata Roy.
According to the petition submitted to Chief Conservator of Forest (Kendu Leaf), Balangir, DFO Roy along with other Forest officials was involved in large-scale financial irregularities through false bills and vouchers, manipulation of papers and payment of less wages to workers during his six years tenure.
The DFO had also taken the signature of Munshi on plain paper to misappropriate around Rs 27lakh. Moreover, the money sanctioned for repairing of Phadi house (where kendu leaf is stored) has not been used properly and misappropriation of fund to the tune of Rs 15 lakh was committed, the petition further alleged.
Employees like Munshi have been paid wages for less number of days. Also a good amount out of the sanctioned Rs 1.55 crore has been embezzled as only 40,000 labourers were engaged, the petitionalleged.
Moreover, one Malti Putel, wife of Dhawajaram Putel of Sukuli Pahad village, alleged that her husband was working as a watchman in Padampur sub-division and he was removed from job after he refused to work in the residence of the DFO in Bhubaneswar.
However being asked, Roy declined to comment on the allegations. “I have ordered a probe into the allegations and after the probe over I shall give my comments,” said Chief Conservator of Forest (KL), Balangir Circle, Ajaya Raizada on Saturday.

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