NALBARI, April 13 � At the initiative taken by the Treasury Officer, Nalbari, fraudulent withdrawal of government money in the name of medical reimbursement has been busted in Nalbari district.
According to sources, the Treasury Officer, Deven Sarma, first detected a bill amounting to Rs 2,33,630 which was submitted by one Abdul Mazid, an employee of the Fishery Department in the name of medical reimbursement. The documents submitted by the employee were found to be fake, prompting the Treasury Officer to immediately inform the Deputy Commissioner of Nalbari and finally lodge an FIR at Nalbari Police Station.
However, the sanction for this amount, which was managed from the Fishery Department, had been cancelled by Paban Borthakur, Deputy Secretary of the Fishery Department in a letter to the Accountant General (AG).
Earlier, in 2009, when Sarma was in Pathsala Treasury Office, he had detected another case of fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 1,99,443 by an employee Karuna Kanta Kakati of District Industries and Commerce Centre, Barpeta. After this incident, the State Government had immediately stopped payments of medical reimbursement all over the State. The Government had also handed over the case to the CID. The CID, after investigation brought to light some new cases of fraudulent withdrawal of government money. In this case, an amount of Rs 15,14,015 had been withdrawn from Nalbari DIC Office in the name of medical reimbursement.
Bimala Barman, Dipali Barman, Kamala Das, Nirpati Deuri, Munindra Das, Bogi Das, Pabitra Ch Haloi, Umesh Ch Deka and Prafulla Choudhury had withdrawn the amount submitting fake medical documents.
Meanwhile, the Government has directed Nalbari Deputy Commissioner Lalit Gogoi to recover the whole amount from the employees. The Nalbari Treasury Officer with the help of Nalbari Deputy Commissioner is set to recover the amounts from the pensions of those employees. The Deputy Commissioner has already served an order to the General Manager in this regard.
The Treasury Officer at Nalbari has taken some new steps to redress the greviances of employees who come for salary bills and other government transactions. The officer arranged separate metalic token centre and separate computer token centre with individual token assistants. For easy disposal system of school bills, Sarma introduced some new initiatives like separate registers for each ME and MV schools and separate registers for each centre of LP schools. He even hangs a notice board at the office requesting the people not to pay any bribe to any person on the Treasury Office for pension and salary bills. A complaint box is also being kept at the office to get feedback from the concerned people.