Alleged irregularities within the buy of PPE kits
The Odisha Lokayukta has served a discover to chief secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy to submit replies to varied queries on the procurement of non-public protecting tools, masks and sanitisers by the state authorities by November 23.
On Wednesday, two senior IAS officers — industries secretary Hemant Sharma, who was earlier heading the procurement committee, and managing director of Odisha State Medical Company Restricted, Yamini Sarangi— appeared earlier than the Lokayukta for a second time and submitted their replies.
Of their deposition to Lokayukta Justice Ajit Singh, the officers reportedly stated every thing was procured based on the federal government guidelines and there was no deviation. The 2 senior officers had earlier appeared earlier than the Lokayukta on September 14. The Lokayukta had requested why Sharma had been faraway from the acquisition committee and below what circumstances.
The alleged irregularities within the buy of PPE kits got here to gentle when 20 vans loaded with PPE, masks, and sanitisers weren’t allowed by the federal government to unload on the warehouse of the medical company on Might 24. The vans remained standing for every week earlier than being allowed to unload the supplies. Later, the federal government determined to just accept the PPE kits solely and returned different merchandise like masks and protecting gears.
The Opposition had focused the federal government on the alleged corruption within the buy of those supplies. As the difficulty snowballed, the Naveen Patnaik authorities relieved Sharma from his duties as the acquisition committee head.
A delegation of Congress leaders led by Sudarshan Das had met the Lokayukta on July 17 and submitted an eight-point memorandum on the difficulty.
A 12-party delegation led by the Congress had met governor Ganeshi Lal over the difficulty and demanded that motion must be taken in opposition to the responsible officers. The BJP had additionally focused the ruling BJD on the difficulty and alleged that the Odisha authorities was encouraging huge corruption within the buy of PPE kits.
Das stated, “As head of the administration, the chief secretary has additionally been introduced below the ambit of the investigation by the Lokayukta. Transparency was terribly lacking in the whole means of buy of PPE kits. We’re but to get info by way of an RTI software on the whole process of procurement.”