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Report Dated January 11, 2017 5:24 PM
Civilians living near paramilitary forces’ camps, particularly those of the Border Security Force (BSF), say officers sell fuel and food provisions meant for the personnel to outsiders at half the market rate.
The “disclosure” made by jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav of the BSF’s 29th Battalion in videos on social media supplements accusations of shady dealings by paramilitary officers, particularly those posted to border areas.
Shopkeepers near the Humhama BSF headquarters near Srinagar airport are beneficiaries of petrol and diesel, and even food stores from men of rank, according to a jawan and some civilians. “They sell food items like dal and vegetables to civilians outside the camp at cheaper rates and leave us bereft of the facilities. They even deny us our daily-use items and sell the same to their agents outside the camps,” a BSF jawan said on condition of anonymity.
A civil contractor added, “We get petrol from BSF officers in charge of provisions at Humhama camp at half the market rate… Other items, like rice and spices, are also available much cheaper.”
A furniture dealer who requested anonymity said the “purchasing officers, while placing orders for elegant furniture for their offices, take a commission that is more than what we earn”. The dealer added, “There is no e-tendering in the BSF. The officer will purchase furniture and take a commission and even compromise on the quality of the items.” The story is the same when it comes to some CRPF officers.
The BSF has ordered an inquiry into Yadav’s allegations.
Report Dated December 22, 2016 12:42 PM
The Income Tax department has raided Tami Nadu chief secretary P Rama Mohana Rao’s residence in Chennai besides other locations, for suspected tax evasion by his son and relatives.
Searches are related to the department’s investigation into the biggest haul of cash and gold since the Modi government launched its demonetisation drive.
Officials refused to divulge how Rao and his relatives are linked to the investigation.
Tax sleuths conducted simultaneous searches at properties connected to Rao and his family in the state as well as in Andhra Pradesh.
The AIADMK government appointed Rao as the state’s top bureaucrat in June. He also holds charge of vigilance commissioner and commissioner of administrative reforms.
The haul comprised scrapped Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes worth Rs.80 crore, and the rest of the amount was in new Rs.2000 bills. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said the vindictive and unethical act by central agencies devalues the institution of the civil services head.
The CBI also arrested industrialist and businessman Sekhar Reddy who was produced in the Madras high court. He has been placed in CBI custody till January 3 for illegal money transactions.
Reddy is believed to be linked to senior bureaucrats in Tamil Nadu and the new chief minister O Panneerselvam.
Report Dated December 19, 2016 12:39 PM
India’s Political Parties can deposit unlimited amounts of the old Rs.500 and Rs.1000 demonetised notes into the banking system without facing any investigations. The bad part of this is that it creates a loophole in the campaign, as on the face of it, anyone with a stock of black money can donate it into politics and expect to gain some political favour down the road.
Reports say there even rumours that politicians actively offer cash money to purchase votes at times. Insisting that political parties can deposit notes no question asked, shines an interesting light upon the idea. It also gives black money holders a chance to wash their ill gotten gains into some future political favour or other.
Election Commission Officials and others have repeatedly highlighted that black money plays a huge role in elections and that parties attribute disproportionate parts of their funds to donations from volunteers.
Report Dated December 10, 2016 11:06 PM
Police in India have arrested former air force chief SP Tyagi over allegations of corruption in a luxury helicopter deal with Anglo-Italian company AgustaWestland.
The authorities filed a criminal case against the firm and its parent company Finmeccanica in 2023.
Report Dated November 24, 2016 11:20 AM
An engineer was in his evening meditation session when a friend called and told him to turn on the television. PM Narendra Modi was saying most of India’s cash would hold no value from midnight.
For a few minutes the engineer said he could not understand.
The engineer, employed by the public works department of Northern Uttar Pradesh, and his colleagues, had amassed piles of cash by taking bribes for public contracts – a practice that is so common it has become accepted by many as part of the price of doing business in India. They felt confused, even betrayed – by the government cracking down.
He said ‘a bribe is not taboo in a government job !. On the phone with friends the engineer said “I sensed desperation in their voices. I knew they also had bribe money”
Did he feel shame or guilt ? NO
“Taking the extra money as commission is a necessity, just to meet expected payments and to advance in one’s field, he said, while calmly sipping whisky and adjusting the light from an overhead chandelier by remote in his home in Lucknow, the state capital. He said each festive season he is expected to offer expensive gifts to his superiors and their sons as “One is expected to keep them happy.” He also added that the bribes he accepts are often already written into price estimates for projects as a so-called commission. One does not have to ask for it.
He said his bribes amount to nothing compared with what others take. He has a small hatchback car while others use sedans and SUVs – Don’t their superiors notice this?
Graft in India is out in the open it is so accepted.
The engineer, despite his initial panic admitted he did find a way to launder his savings, but he would not say how.