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Anti-Corruption Bureau takes note of alleged FCS&CA department scam

Last Updated on March 28, 2021 at 3:51 pm

Anti-Corruption Bureau has finally taken note of the case in which Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) department allegedly misused an order to benefit blue-eyed and influential employees.

Anti-Corruption Bureau has demanded list of officials who were rewarded by Pay Anomaly benefits on 20 May 2008. The Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) department has directed all Assistant Directors to collect and send the details within two days so that it can be forwarded to the Anti-Corruption Bureau. The department has asked its Assistant Directors to treat this matter as ‘most urgent’.

Earlier there were reports that the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) department refused to provide details to an RTI query which asked information regarding anomaly benefits given by department to its employees. The department replied to that query that they don’t have order copy under which they granted anomaly benefits to about 700 employees.

An applicant used RTI Act to ask details of the officials and employees to which pay anomaly benefits were granted. Applicant also demanded information regarding those employees to whom the department hasn’t yet granted these benefits. He also requested the department to provide him with the seniority list of benefited officials and employees. However, the department refused to provide him above information saying that related documents got damaged in 2014 floods.

The applicant approached Director FCS&CA (1st Appellate Authority) after 45 days without any success. The FCS&CA officials maintained that related documents which contained information applicant wants to seek were destroyed during 2014 floods. However, sources are of the opinion that the department is deliberately trying to not share information in order to hide a ‘scam‘.

The department had granted approval to around a hundred cases for these benefits and issued an order in 2008. Now, there are allegations that officials are misusing the same order to benefit other influential employees violating rules.