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Panaji, March 03: Goa BJP has filed corruption cases against six top state bureaucrats with the vigilance department in connection with the recruitment process.
The cases involve departmental selection committee heads of police, archives and museum, fire, public works department, health and registration.
The cases were filed under section 13 (d) of prevention of corruption act based on the documents collected from various departments under the right to information act (RTI).
"Recruitment rules were bent to suit candidates of their choice and in each case, the violation is done at the behest of concerned minister," leader of opposition Manohar Parrikar alleged.
He told reporters, that in certain cases, the act was in "contradiction" to supreme court guidelines which invites contempt proceedings. The complaints also alleged that recruitment to the police was done by bending mandatory rules related to age and height of the candidate. Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) is the head of the departmental selection committee.
The complaints pointed to director archives, director fire and emergency services, director information and publicity, chief engineer public works department, director health and registrar's involvement in the recruitments as they are responsible for selection, Parrikar said.
"During last one year, recruitments to the health department were carried out in contravention of recruitment guidelines," Parrikar said.
Similarly, huge illegalities were conducted during raising Goa police's India reserve batallion, he alleged. "In one instance, height was relaxed thrice only to suit one woman candidate ... There is another instance wherein candidates who failed the test were allowed to appear again," Parrikar said pointing out to the documents.
Zee News - Goa BJP files cases of corruption against top bureaucrats
NEW DELHI: The BJP has taken the Right to Information (RTI) route to lay bare what it sees as the â€˜wheat import scamâ€™. The party sniffs huge irregularities in the deal and has even claimed that its stand has been vindicated.
Armed with the details secured through the RTI, the party on Thursday reiterated its demand for the dismissal of Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar and wanted a CBI inquiry into the entire episode, which, it alleged, had caused a big loss to the exchequer.
With the monsoon session of Parliament commencing on Friday, the party has made up its mind to haul up the ruling combine over the alleged bungling. â€œThe prime minister must come clean on the subject,â€ BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said here on Thursday afternoon.
The BJP, Mr Javadekar said, had sought information on the reasons for the cancellation of the first round of bids invited at the rate of $263 per million tonne (MT) in May this year. The food and consumer affairs ministry cited six factors that led to the termination of the tenders at the said rate.
â€œTenders were floated by the STC on behalf of the government in May. After negotiations with the foreign suppliers, the STC recommended purchase of 3.06 lakh tonnes of wheat at $263/MT. However, none of the bids were accepted by the government as the STC had said there were possibilities of a softening of prices for arrival beyond August 2007 compared to the June-August prices received in the tender,â€ the information made available through the RTI read.
There were other factors, too, including reports that the Australian crop to be harvested during November-December, 2007 was described as â€œgoodâ€ by the International Grain Council, talk of declining price curve of wheat in the international market by all the three related agencies, namely the IGC, Reuters and the Chicago Board of Trade, the governmentâ€™s decision to take advantage of future market conditions, fears that acceptance of imported wheat at prices higher than procurement price in the domestic market would induce discontentment among the farmers and apprehensions that the traders would resort to hoarding wheat stocks in the hope of a future price rise.
â€œThis was the governmentâ€™s assessment on June 1 this year,â€ Mr Javadekar said, adding, â€œIt suddenly changed its stance around June 10 and decided to re-tender for the import of 50 lakh MT of wheat immediately.â€
Tenders were floated for 5.11 million tonnes of wheat, which were subsequently awarded to three firms at a weighted average price of $325/MT. â€œThis is a clear admission of not only a flip-flop or an error of judgement, but foul play,â€ the BJP spokesman said. The governmentâ€™s decision to import wheat, notwithstanding its own assessment, proves that something happened behind the scenes during the first week of June and some vested interests had played their part, he added.