Ports Director upholds earlier report against Jacob Thomas
Thiruvananthapuram: The Ports Director has upheld the report prepared by the Kerala Public Expenditure and Review Committee against Vigilance head Jacob Thomas. The Review Committee in its report had stated that non-functional solar panels were installed in 14 port offices when Jacob Thomas was the Ports director and solar accessories purchased without permission bringing a huge loss to the exchequer.
The report stated that there were lapses on the part of Jacob Thomas. The present ports director has endorsed the report which also sought a department-level action against Jacob Thomas.
The two reports are now with the government for necessary action. On September 24, the present Ports Director submitted a new report. The report mentions that solar panels installed were non-functional and purchase of computers and accessories at a cost of Rs 56 lakh was done without prior permission from the IT department.
The Public Expenditure Committee had submitted the report during the previous govt. But the report endorsed by the present Ports director was done under the present government. The Ports Director was asked to review the earlier report due to allegations that it was politically motivated. But the new report too has gone against Jacob Thomas which is a setback to the govt.