PUCL

People's Union for Civil Liberties

Supplyco affairs: PUCL seeks CBI probe

August, 2005
The Hindu

Alleges large-scale corruption in Corporation 

KOZHIKODE: : Expressing deep dissatisfaction about the state of affairs in the Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation (Supplyco), the Peoples&; Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) has called for a CBI inquiry into the large-scale corruption which, it alleges, has taken place in that organisation.

Lapses alleged

The PUCL had found grave lapses in Supplyco&;s functioning in a series of studies conducted in 2002 and 2003.
These were reported to the Government as well as the Director-Vigilance. 

While pointing out these adverse findings thrown up in their organisation&;s studies, PUCL spokesmen P.A. Pauran and Jacob V. Lazer, however, said Supplyco had to an extent discharged its social responsibilities by making available to the poor essential commodities at fair prices.

`Misuse of public funds&;

They also alleged that there had been extensive misuse of public funds and mismanagement that had helped blackmarketeers and hoarders. 

Following a PUCL complaint, a Vigilance probe was ordered in 2003.

The PUCL spokesmen alleged on Wednesday that this probe had not made any progress in the last two years.

Quality control

Besides a CBI probe, the PUCL demanded effective quality control measures, action against the officials who had "scuttled&;&; the Vigilance inquiry, blacklisting of contractors who were involved in "corruption in Supplyco,&;&; and steps to ensure that the rice released to the State for distribution under various welfare schemes reached the target groups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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