Flood fund scam: Inquiry report reveals govt incurred loss of Rs 14.84 cr

Probe team collect evidence at residence of Collectorate staff Vishnu Prasad who was arrested in flood relief fund scam (Photo:Mathrubhumi archives)

Kochi: The state government has incurred a loss of Rs 14.84 cr from the alleged flood fund scam in Ernakulam district, revealed the inquiry report submitted by joint land revenue commissioner Dr A Kowsigan IAS. The report also pointed out serious lapses from various departments over handling the flood relief fund.

But the crime branch which carried out probe into the scam reported irregularities of nearly Rs 1 cr. Even CPM leaders were arrested over the alleged diversion of money from the flood relief fund.

The joint land revenue commissioner has carried out an inquiry as directed by the revenue minister. The findings of this inquiry identified serious irregularities in fund management.

The report has revealed that the government incurred a loss of Rs 10,46,75,000 cr in the distribution of the flood relief fund.

Out of the 2783 bank accounts, cash was credited to 2724 bank accounts twice. 41 bank accounts received the aid thrice while four transactions each were made to 13 accounts.

Loss of Rs 14.84 cr to the government was identified after examining the documents of the treasury, district collectorate and National Informatics Centre, pointed out the inquiry report.

The report also noted that account number details collected from the treasury and accounts which received the fund are different.

Observing this, Kowsigan IAS recommended the finance department to immediately carry out probe into the same.

It is reported that the list of beneficiaries who are eligible for flood relief aid was also manipulated.

The report also carried the list of officials who committed lapses in the fund management.

Earlier, Crime Branch arrested 7 people including Vishnu Prasad, a section clerk in Ernakulam Collectorate and CPM Thrikkakkara east local committee member.

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