VOK books 2 officials for bunglings in projects

VOK books 2 officials for bunglings in projects

It conducted investigation into allegations that bunglings have been committed in the allotment of works and subsequent construction of water harvesting tanks and other units.

Vigilance Organization Kashmir (VOK) has registered two cases against the officials of Agriculture and Rural Development Department for their alleged involvement in fraud and bungling in government projects.

In a statement, spokesperson of the VO said it conducted investigation into allegations that bunglings have been committed in the allotment of works and subsequent construction of water harvesting tanks and other units under Soil Conservation scheme by the officers and officials of Agriculture Department, Kulgam during 2009-2010.

“Investigations revealed that the then Assistant Soil Conservation officer KulgamGhulam Hassan Bhat in connivance with  Mehraj-ud-Din Bhat, the then Chief Agriculture officer Kulgam besides Soil Conservation Assistant Mehraj-ud-Din Darzi, and Field Assistant Ghulam Hassan Shah in league and active connivance with contractor namely Farooq Ahmad Tantary r of WaltengoKulgam allotted the construction work of two water harvesting tanks to him at the cost of Rs. 11.28 lakhs and 4.78 lakhs respectively,” the statement said. 

“The accused public servants being non-technical prepared estimates and conducted test check of works and also deliberately did not choose to refer the matter to Executing Agency, despite the fact that the public servants had no financial authority to get these works executed. They released excess payments causing loss to state exchequer,” the statement said.    

The statement said accordingly two separate case FIR No’s 07/2015 and 06/2015 u/s 5(1) C,(d) r/w 5(2) J&K PC Act, Svt. 2006 and 120-B RPC were registered in Police Station VOK and further investigation into the cases have been taken up.