In the fodder markets of Nawanshahr, a case of fraud also came to the fore in the tender of labor and transportation, a case was registered against the contractors
Nawanshahr : During investigation of scams by Punjab Vigilance Bureau in the works of Labor Cartage and Transport Tender and Grain Mandis, concerned officers/employees of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and during investigation of scam. The matter has come to light due to the connivance of the concerned officers/employees of procurement agencies with the contractors, on which today a case has been registered against the three contractors at the Police Station Vigilance Bureau, Jalandhar on charges of embezzlement of the exchequer. The remaining allegations in the complaint and the role of other tenderers and government officers/employees of the district will be considered during the investigation of the matter.
Giving information, a spokesman of Vigilance Bureau said that after investigation of rigging of labor and transport tenders and work in connivance with the fodder mandis of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district by the Bureau, contractor Telu Ram, contractor Yashpal and contractor were proved. A case has been registered against Ajaypal Vasian, Village Udhanwal, Tehsil Balachor in Police Vigilance Bureau Jalandhar.
It is noteworthy that the accused in the said case, Telu Ram, Yashpal and Ajaypal, have created a lot of properties in the name of themselves and their families due to such scams, which will be thoroughly investigated during the investigation. It may also be mentioned that the said alleged accused contractor Telu Ram is already in jail due to his arrest in a case registered by Vigilance Bureau Range Ludhiana. Teams are being raided by the Bureau to nab the remaining two alleged accused contractor Yashpal and contractor Ajaypal, who will be arrested soon and many more important leads are likely to come after their arrest.
Giving more information in this regard, the spokesperson said that on the occasion of tenders for transporting and transporting workers to grain markets for wheat/paddy/stock material, for the meeting of RS Cooperative Labor and Construction Assembly Nawanshahr President Honey Kumar. Year 2020-2021 In Nawanshahr and Ranho cluster and PG godown in Nawanshahr only labor tenders were found at original rate but rejected by the department without any basis and these tenders were awarded to Nawanshahr cluster contractor Telu Ram at 71 percent . More and 72 percent of Ranho clusters were awarded at higher rates. Later in the tenders called for the year 2022-23, Honey Kumar received tenders from his said council for labor work in Raho cluster and Nawanshahr cluster at the original rate, but the District Allotment Committee rejected those tenders and the contractor Ajaypal Donated labor. 73 percent more for Nawanshahr cluster works and 72 percent more for Ranho cluster.
The spokesman said that while filling the tender for the year 2020-21, contractor Telu Ram and contractor Yashpal while contractor Ajaypal have submitted the records of online lists during the years 2020-21 and 2022-23. Vehicles for transportation of goods were verified by the concerned District Transport Officers which included a large number of vehicles including Scooters, Motorcycles, Cars, Pickups, Tractor Trailers, Close Body Trucks, LPG. Tankers and harvesters were included, whereas goods could not be carried on these vehicles. Thus, the number of counterfeit vehicles as well as the quantity of goods in these gate passes are prima facie a case of fake reporting and the case of embezzlement of goods shown in these gate passes also comes to the fore. He said that the concerned officers/employees of the department have also paid the said contractors for the work done without checking these gate passes.
He also disclosed that apart from checking the photocopies of Aadhar cards of workers provided by the said contractors during the tendering process, it was found that many of these Aadhar cards belong to minor workers, many Aadhar cards are of 60 years of age. Old age and many Aadhar cards are not readable.