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The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has unearthed yet another grain lifting tender scam, this time in Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar.ATN News

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The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VP) on Friday claimed to have unearthed yet another alleged scam involving labor carts, transport tenders and works in grain markets by contractors in connivance with officials/employees concerned in Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar.

According to vigilance officials, one of the accused in the SBS Nagar case is already in jail in the grain lifting tender scam case in Ludhiana. According to the Bureau, three contractors besides government officers/employees have been booked at Jalandhar VB Police Station on Friday for fraud and cheating causing huge loss to the state exchequer. The investigating officers said that the role of other tenderers and government officials/employees of the district will be investigated in due course.

The scam came to light when SBS investigated alleged irregularities in labor and transport tenders and assignments at the city’s grain markets, a bureau spokesperson said on Friday. In this regard, a case was registered under Sections 420, 409, 467, 468, 471, 120-B and Sections 7, 8, 12, against contractors Telu Ram, Yashpal and Ajaipal (all from Udanwal, Balachor taluka) on September 22. 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act Police Station VB, Jalandhar.

During the investigation, it came to light that Telu Ram, Yashpal and Ajaypal had bought several properties in their names and in the names of family members.

According to details, Telu Ram is already in jail in Ludhiana in a grain lifting scam case and while the other two are absconding, teams have been formed to nab them. While issuing tenders for labor cartage and transport in grain markets for wheat/paddy/stock commodities during 2020-2021, RS Co-operative Labor and Construction Union Proprietor Honey Kumar submitted the same, said a spokesperson of the bureau. Bidding for tender for Nawanshahr, Rahon Clusters.

However, Honey’s bid was rejected without any reason and contractor Telu Ram was awarded the tender at 71 per cent higher price for Nawanshahr cluster and 72 per cent higher price for Rahon cluster.

Likewise, for the year 2022-23, Honey Kumar again submitted tenders at basic rate for labor jobs in Rahon and Nawanshahr clusters. But the District Tender Allocation Committee again rejected his bid and allotted labor tenders to contractor Ajaipal at 73 per cent higher than the base price in Nawanshahr cluster and 72 per cent higher price in Rahon cluster.

The spokesperson added that while filling the tenders for the year 2020-21, contractors Telu Ram and Yashpal and contractor Ajaipal for the years 2020-21 and 2022-23 have attached online lists regarding the registration numbers of vehicles for transport of goods. , then to be verified by VB from respective District Transport Officers.

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