Railway Scam: Three CR Officials Suspended, 1 Shunted Out

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The Central Railway on Tuesday suspended three officials and transferred one for giving out wrong information through RTI, which showed that the Railways had overpaid for certain purchases made.

This follows a report on Tuesday in the Mumbai edition of The Hindu, which mentioned how an RTI application filed by activist Ajay Bose as a second appeal revealed that the CR had bought 100 gm of curd for ₹972 and refined oil for ₹1,253 a litre. The reply claimed that the commodities that were procured by the Railways included 58 litres of refined oil for ₹72,034 in March 2016, 150 packets of Tata Salt for ₹2,670 or ₹49 a packet, instead of its then MRP of ₹15, and water bottles and soft drinks for ₹59 a bottle.

Prabhu orders probe

Taking note of the news report, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu ordered the Chairman Railway Board (CRB) to enquire and take action on any wrongdoings.

Addressing a press conference later in the day, Shailendra Kumar, Chief Commercial Manager, CR, clarified that the costs mentioned in the reply were incorrect and that it was actually an error by RTI staff, and that they have taken action against them.

While Douglas Menezes, assistant commercial manager, has been transferred, T. Mani, chief catering inspector, looking after warehouse and catering accounts, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), C.V. Bhise, chief catering inspector, warehouse, CST, and, Hanumesh Kulkarni, chief inspector, dealing with the said RTI, have been suspended.

Narendra Patil, chief PRO, CR, said, “The clerical staff failed to mention proper measurement units against the rates of certain catering items. It was further clarified that there is no scam and purchase is as per the market rate.”

Anil Galgali, an RTI activist, said, “The fault is not only of the individual, but the full department, and the Railways is responsible. They have suspended their staff and this proves they are wrong.”

News Courtesy: The Hindu


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