A three-member enquiry committee headed by Corporator Sanjay Bangale has been formed to investigate financial transactions in different departments of NMC, including stationery scam worth over Rs 67 lakh in the Health Department.
Prakash Bhoyar, Chairman of the Standing Committee, NMC, said that the committee had been formed for not to depend on the officers’ committee. The committee led by Dipak Kumar Meena, Additional Municipal Commissioner, is enquiring into the stationery scam. BJP has set up another committee as it does not believe in it. It is worth mentioning here that Meena committee has to enquire in the transactions in all the department occurred till March 2020 during corona period. However, the committee set up by Bhoyar is to enquire into the all financial transactions done from 2017 onwards, Bhoyar told newspersons after attending the meeting of Standing Committee.
In the stationery scam, the bills worth over Rs 67 lakh were produced by bogus signatures of the officers and misusing their computer passwords without any purchasing of stationery or other materials. The Finance & Accounts Department paid the amount to the parties without ascertaining the facts.
The parties gave cheques worth Rs 67 lakh to NMC for returning the amount but the cheques worth Rs 52 lakh were bounced. An FIR has been registered in Sadar Police Station. Meanwhile, two higher officials have been put under suspension.
Bhoyar said that Sanjay Bangale, Pragati Patil and Aayesh B will conduct enquiry into the financial irregularities and submit their report to NMC in 15 days, Bhoyar informed.