The local police have registered a case of cheating against a woman and her son for trying to avail the benefits of a government job for the second time under the terrorist-affected families job quota.
An inquiry conducted by the Amritsar administration found that Neelam Bala had already been offered a job by the assistant excise and taxation commissioner,Amritsar,as clerk on compassionate grounds in 1992,following the murder of her husband Surinder Kumar by terrorists in 1988. The inquiry found that Neelam had joined as clerk in May 1992.
Despite that,her son Prince Kumar applied for a job on compassionate grounds with the Tarn Taran deputy commissioners office,and gave an affidavit stating that no one from his family had been given a job earlier on compassionate grounds. A similar affidavit was given by Neelam Bala as well.
The alleged fraud unravelled after the Tarn Taran DC,to whom Prince submitted his job application,wrote to his counterpart in Amritsar to get Princes claims verified,as Prince gave a place in Amritsar as his residential address.
During the inquiry,Amritsar DC found that Neelam had already availed the benefits. The Amritsar DC wrote to the district police to register an FIR in the case. The Economic Offences Wing of the Punjab Police are investigating the case. Role of a number of officials,who testified that no one from Surinders family was given a job,might also come under the scanner.
EO wing incharge Surinder Mohan said preliminary investigations pointed out that the accused tried to mislead the authorities by applying for the job in Tarn Taran,which attained the title of a district in 2006.