Irrigation and Flood Control Department Poonch has become a “Goldmine” for corrupt officers, Not X.En, but Contactors are running the department
POONCH TODAY NEWS
POONCH: After the September 2014 flood, tainted officials of Irrigation and F.C Department, which included Executive Engineer and his few subordinate officials looted government exchequer on fake works under Non Plan, SDRF and BADP. Sources in the department told “POONCH TODAY” that status of many permanent flood restoration works was checked by anti graft agencies time and again and it was found that most of the works did not exist on the ground. On the name of permanent restoration and temporary restoration, huge funds in several crores were withdrawn. Highly placed sources within the department said that Contactors are running the department as sitting Executive Engineer seems to be a weak boss in the department whose main interest is to enjoy the things, least bothering about what is going on the ground. There is no record of works and funds utilization on the ground. Many tender related rules violated with an eye to give benefit to blue eyed Contractors of Irrigation and Flood Control department. Many officials of the department right from JE, AEs to X.En become Crorepati over the years. Recently, a tender of survey work of Shahi Khul was published at a high cost of Rs 6 lacs and this has raised eyebrows in the department about the huge amount of rupees for survey work. On the name of restoration and annual repair of various Khulls, lakhs of rupees were withdrawn by Executive Engineer’s and their subordinates on fake works. Earlier, in response to a RTI, former X.En admitted that Department had no record of some works under SDRF, BADP and other works under Non plan. Sources said that a strong nexus of Contractors and top officials are working overnight to withdraw bills on fake works as 31st March is approaching. They said that the said department has become a “Goldmine” for corrupt officials of the department who are looting government exchequer like anything. It is pertinent to mention here that Government, time and again constituted many inquiry committees to find the truth of huge corruption in Irrigation and FC Department Poonch, but what happened to the report of those inquiry committees has remained a big mystery.