Deputy Commissioner Mohd Shayin on Tuesday ordered dismissal of two employees of Red Cross Society,Chandigarh,on charges of embezzlement. The two have been accused of causing financial loss to the society. An inquiry against the two had been going on since January this year.
The dismissed employees are accountant Jyoti Khannal and senior clerk Ravinder Verma. Both were permanent employees of Red Cross. The Red Cross Society has been in the midst of controversy after the employees had submitted a memorandum to the UT Adviser and Home Secretary demanding that the PA of the DC who had been appointed as the joint secretary at Red Cross should be removed from the post.
The complaints had followed letters written by PCS officer Amandeep Kaur who was then the SDM (South) as well as Secretary,Red Cross Society. Kaur had alleged that decisions were taken in Red Cross Society by the DC without her consultation.
As per the dismissal order,accountant Jyoti Khannal has been accused of failing to get receipts deposited on time from various sales counters. Another charge is that he failed to bring to the notice of the Red Cross Society in writing the fact regarding delay in deposit of receipts by salesmen in the society. The third charge is that the negligence and inordinate delay in deposit of receipts collected by salesmen has caused financial loss to the society. It is stated that after Khannal could not give satisfactory answers to the chargesheet,an inquiry was initiated with Land Acquisition Officer Tilak Raj as the inquiry officer.
The order further states that scrutiny of the documents such as cash book shows that the accountant has not deposited the receipts deposited with him in the accounts of the Society on daily basis. Two specific instances of Rs 1,14,750/- and Rs 2,47,470/- have been verified from the cash book and accounts statement and it is evident that there is a delay first at the level of the salesmen in depositing the sale proceeds with the Red Cross Society and then on the part of the accountant in depositing the receipts deposited with him in the bank accounts of the IRCS on daily basis or on the day on which the receipts were deposited with him.
Senior clerk Ravinder Verma has been accused of failing to keep a proper check and record in respect of supplies received from M/s Prabh Graphics. It is alleged that he proposed payment to the firm on basis of bogus stock entry of some forms,thereby causing financial loss to the society and breach of trust. The order states that payments have been found to be released without the receipt of the forms ordered for printing. The stock entries were found to be bogus and payments of the same were proposed by the senior clerk and made and thereby financial loss has been caused to the society.
DC Shayin said,The inquiry into charges of financial misappropriation
was conducted in January. The charges were proven and,therefore,services of the two employees have been terminated.