Chandigarh, February 23
While speaking on a resolution, the Congress MLA from Kharar, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, virtually threw a bombshell in the Punjab Assembly today by stating that some Punjab officers had multiplexes in London and other cities abroad.
Mr Bir Devinder Singh said certain Punjab IAS officers, who had served in the FCI, owned multiplexes in the UK. He said he came across this information during his recent visit to London. “ I was looking for accommodation for my relative in London when an NRI disclosed that some officers of Punjab owned buildings there”, he added. He said this while talking about corruption in bureaucratic circles.
“ Not in London alone. You go to Delhi. Many officers of Punjab owned huge property there also”, he said. On the periphery of Chandigarh, major chunks of land were owned by bureaucrats, he asserted. There were officers who had fleet of official cars for the use of their families.
He said after a lot of hard work, a committee of the House of which he was a member, unearthed a scandal worth Rs 85 lakh in Punjab Bhavan. The issue was referred to the Finance Department which ordered a special audit. The audit team also confirmed the scandal. He said the committee recommended action against the bureaucrat involved in the scandal. However, no action was taken against the officer. He said that earlier when House committees used to summon officers, it was taken with the utmost seriousness. But all this had become a thing of the past.
Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Akali MLA, said that as head of the Public Accounts Committee, he pointed out irregularities in the recruitment of 400 employees in a department. No permission was taken from the authorities concerned for such recruitment. A large number of vehicles were also purchased which were not used. Though the state had suffered a loss of crores of rupees because of the irregularities committed by officers with regard to the recruitment and the purchase of vehicles, no action was taken against them.
As both MLAs have made the revelations on the floor of the House, the investigating agencies would have to take notice of these statements. The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, would have to order an inquiry in this regard.