Industries official, SSI hold vigilance in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Mar 4: Jammu and Kashmir Vigilance Organisation (VO) has registered a case under various provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act and RPC against officials of industries department and two Small Scale Industry unit holders for fraudulently misappropriating transport subsidy in the year 1999.

A spokesman of the VO said acting on a tip off, the organisation registered the case.

During the investigation into the allegations of misappropriation of transport subsidy by the officials of District Industries Centre (DIC), Kupwara in league with SSI unit holders it revealed that transport subsidy amounting to lakhs of rupees was fraudulently drawn and misappropriated by the DIC officials.

The officials of DIC, Kupwara and the proprietors of SSI Units M/s Kehmil, Mawar and Chinar Cattle Feed Unit under a well knit conspiracy hatched during 1996-97, had fraudulently drawn subsidy for transporting wheat brawn by trucks from Rail Head Jammu to their unit sites in Kupwara district when major portion of 664 trucks claimed to have been used did not actually reach these units.

The DIC officials were found to have given factually incorrect verification and consumption certificates to facilitate the with drawal of transport subsidy amounting to lakhs of rupees drawn in 1999.

The enquiry has further revealed that other ingredients required for manufacture of cattle feed including molasses, fish meal and oil cake were shown to have been purchased locally from firms which on verification were found to be non-existent, thereby giving further credence to the fraudulent with drawal of subsidy for transportation of the main ingredient from Rail Head Jammu.

UNI

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