Now another scam!
If bureaucrats make money on the sides, it is because they are emboldened by their political bosses doing likewise. Initially it was reported by the...
If bureaucrats make money on the sides, it is because they are emboldened by their political bosses doing likewise. Initially it was reported by the media that two top PSU officials had submitted bloated bills to claim their leave travel concession (LTC). One of the worthies who needed to travel just over 500km, the distance from Delhi to Jaipur and back, apparently ended up travelling more than 28,884 km, the distance from Delhi to Sao Paulo, Brazil, and back, and as he went to Jaipur too, a new route had to be devised! He took off from Jaipur, landed in Mumbai and from there flew to Sao Paulo with a stopover or two as there is no direct flight from Mumbai to Sao Paulo, and finally reached Delhi via Mumbai! There is no evidence yet of his having undertaken the odyssey, but the CBI is investigating.
The question meanwhile is how far government and PSU employees are going to fleece the exchequer in the name of availing themselves of LTC. The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is learnt to be verifying this particular case. What is surprising is that when details of this circuitous trip emerged, those who should have scrutinized the claim let him off. Now the CVC has ordered a re-examination of this case.
In Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) where more than 100 officials are facing probe for falsifying LTC claims, one senior officer responsible for clearing LTC payments, herself claimed that she had travelled from Port Blair to Mumbai via Dubai; and the claim was approved by the SCI without any questions being asked. This particular officer claimed Rs. 232, 653 in 2009 for the journey for herself, her husband and their daughter. On August 14, the CVC had asked the CBI to probe the scam.