Taking strong note of unnecessary purchase of items worth Rs 110 crore at Power Department in Jhansi,Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav suspended three superintending engineers and a deputy chief accounts officer on Thursday. He also directed to start the recovery of the amount from the pension of two chief engineers who were posted during the period of purchase.
The matter has also been referred to Principal Secretary,Vigilance,for fixing criminal responsibility. The CM directed that adequate changes be made in the purchase powers of officials to prevent its misuse.
Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) chairman Sanjay Aggrawal stated that total unnecessary purchase amounts to nearly Rs 110 crore.
The purchase of several electrical items were done without requisition. These items cannot be utilised and are lying at stores. Some technical items are not even in use these days, Aggrawal stated.
He said that over 800 such purchase orders were issued during 2011 and 2012 from Jhansi. Each purchase order was of around Rs 9.99 lakh. To siphon off money,they issued such purchase order daily, Aggrawal stated.
After getting information about the unnecessary expenditure,a high-level committee was constituted to probe the purchase. On the basis of its report,the Chief Minister suspended superintending engineers Jai Prakash Gupta,Shashikant and Mor Mukut and deputy chief account officer Rakesh Kumar Trivedi.
Action has also been taken against two retired chief engineers,namely R K Tyagi and M P Tripathi,who had issued purchase orders and recovery will be done from their pension.