KAS officer under scanner for ‘fishy payments’, husband’s businesses with Police - watsupptoday.com
KAS officer under scanner for ‘fishy payments’, husband’s businesses with Police
Posted 11 Jul 2018 05:39 PM

SRINAGAR: A Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) officer, heading a department, has been put under scanner immediately after imposition of Governor’s rule for “fishy payments worth crores of Rupees” in the financial year 2017-18 besides her husband’s businesses with the Jammu and Kashmir Police.
STATE TIMES learned from highly placed authoritative sources that on a host of complaints and reports from the government’s own channels, some departments and their heads have been put on scanner by Governor’s administration.
In most of the complaints and reports, it has been pointed out that the officers have issued contracts and supply orders worth crores, even hundreds of crores of Rupees, in brazen violation of the financial code and subsequently released payments to the contractors and suppliers without observing codal procedures. It has been pointed out that the Government’s claims and orders of e-tendering have been reduced to a joke, sometimes without recording a justification and sometimes hiding under the smokescreen of “security reasons”.
During Joint Surprise Checks by teams of Vigilance Organisation, which were carried out under orders from the highest echelons of power, it has been observed that in several departments officers have dispensed with the formality of issuing tender notifications through newspapers and the government’s online portals and bids have been received from select agencies and vendors in a totally opaque manner.
Shutdown of Internet and deteriorating security scenario has been quoted as an excuse in several cases.
One among the officers under scanner is a KAS officer who, in her annual property statement, has shown herself as a share-holder in her family businesses. She has not however, mentioned how she has been running such businesses, including several industrial units, without information and permission of the competent authority in the Government. Some of her husband’s industrial units are at Industrial Estates of Rangreth, Khonmoh and Sanat Nagar in Srinagar.
A team of sleuths of Vigilance Organisation has obtained copies of many of the bills paid by the lady KAS officer’s Drawing and Disbursing Officers from July 2017 to ending March 2018.
According to these sources, it has been noticed that the businessman husband of the KAS officer has clandestinely taken supply orders worth hundreds of crores of Rupees from different government departments including Police even as the tender notifications were not published in newspapers and the process was not carried out through the mandatory e-tendering. The investigators, according to sources, have learned that the businessman was intimately close to some civil and Police officers and had also unhindered access to the residences of some top politicians in the erstwhile PDP-BJP Government.

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