Raj govt disappointed over scam revelation to media by IAS officer

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Jaipur, May 1 (UNI) Rajasthan Government Spokesman and PWD Minister Rajendra Singh Rathore has expressed displeasure over the manner in which senior IAS officer R S Gathala has made revelations in media about the alleged multi crore scam in the implementation of the Horticulture Mission in the state.

Talking to UNI, Mr Rathore said, ''Prima facie there seemed no scam or irregularity. If Mr Gathala during his tenure as Horticulture Secretary found any irregularity or scam, he should have taken action and ordered filing of an FIR.'' There was no action taken by Mr Gathala on files, Mr Rathore said.

The Minister said revealing such issues to the media was not an appropriate way of functioning for a senior IAS officer.

Mr Rathore said the bureaucrats should understand their limitations and should uphold decorum and sanctity of administrative functioning.

The Minister said the government was scrutinising the facts about statements made by Mr Gathala in media and would take appropriate action in due course.

Mr Gathala, who had worked as Horticulture Secretary for about a year till March last year, is presently working as Departmental Inquiry Commissioner.

The officer while talking to a section of the print media yesterday had alleged that during his tenure in Horticulture department, he had unveiled scam, to the tune of several crore rupees, in the payment of sudsidy to farmers for pesticides, seeds, and fountain irrigation facility.

He said the records showed that huge payments were made to farmers but actually these were bogus entries as payments did not reach the farmers.

Mr Gathala had said he had ordered social audit and revenue inquiry but meanwhile, he had been transferred from the post and since then no inquiry had so far been conducted.

Talking to UNI Mr Gathala had reiterated his allegation made in the media yesterday and said the matter should be probed.

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