RTI Initiative Nagaland alleges irregularities in LMCP deptt

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/13/2019 12:03:41 PM IST

RTI Initiative Nagaland (RTIIN) has claimed to have detected irregularities in legal metrology & consumer protection (LMCP) department based on RTI replies it had received from the department.

In a statement, organisation’s Odi Jamir and ST Yapang Lkr said the department had withdrawn Rs 10 lakh on March 7, 2011 for setting up consumer clubs in 100 schools. 
However, they said, based on RTI replies they had received, it had been found that the department paid Rs 10,000 each to 33 schools only amounting to a total Rs 3,30,000 and could not produce utilisation certificates for the remaining amount. 
Further, LMCP department claimed to have purchased five thermometer verification kits on June 6, 2012, but could produce details of only two such kits.
The department had also given completion certificate on May 10, 2012 and released full amount of Rs 26,92,300 to Ashlin Enterprises, Pune for construction of two calibration towers– one each at Dimapur and Kohima. However, the tower was not constructed at Kohima, the organisation pointed out.
Finally, the department purchased 85 coin-operated people weighing machines at a cost of Rs 20 lakh on September 29, 2011 and distributed these to the beneficiaries. 
However, RTI Initiative said there was no record of beneficiaries’ list. 
Again, the same weighing machines were purchased at a cost of Rs 20 lakh on April 12 2012, but the organisation said receipt looked like a scanned copy.
Pointing out that under the circumstances there appeared to be loopholes in audit procedures, the organisation warned of filing case in future procedures, against auditors, if such cases appear again. 
RTI Initiative, however, urged law enforcing agencies like Lokayukta and police not to register suo motu case against the department. If necessary, it said it would request appropriate agencies to examine the scam. 
But it added that if the department took up necessary correctional step within 30 days of publication of this news, the case would be over on its part.


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