GUWAHATI, Sept 12 - A Golaghat-based journalist has alleged that Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) has misappropriated a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) fund amounting to Rs 70 lakh in the name of distribution of tarpaulin among the victims of hailstorm. The contract in this connection was awarded without inviting any tender, alleged the journalist.
Altogether 3,512 pieces of tarpaulin were distributed among the hailstorm-affected villagers of NRL�s adjacent areas, following the hailstorm that lashed the areas on January 9, 2016.
Moreover, NRL also paid two of its lawyers hefty sum of money to fight its cases. While one of them was paid around Rs 70 lakh, the other one was paid between Rs 30 lakh and Rs 36 lakh.
The journalist, who has obtained the above information in the form of a reply from the NRL authorities to his RTI queries, said verbal orders for the supply of the above pieces of tarpaulin, worth Rs 70.05 lakh were given to two vendors � one from Golaghat and the other from Jorhat. Citing urgency, no tender was floated in this connection, said the journalist.
Then again, the NRL has failed to provide him the names of the beneficiaries who were given the tarpaulins by it.
The journalist said there was a dharna staged by some people in front of the NRL gate some months back. The participants of the dharna alleged that there was corruption in the entire process of distribution of tarpaulin among the hailstorm victims.
The journalist filed an FIR with the Superintendent of Police, Golaghat to probe these matters and to take necessary legal steps. Based on his FIR, a case has been registered by the Golaghat Police Station with case number 911/19, under Section 405 of the IPC.
The journalist has maintained that NRL is a public sector entity and its activities should be transparent. The Chief Vigilance Commission of the country has made it mandatory for the country�s all public sector undertakings to float tender whenever they go to place any order valuing over Rs 50,000.
Moreover, he said the NRL�s CSR guidelines have made it mandatory to upload the names of the beneficiaries of its CSR initiatives, on its website.