Vigilance submits final report in dal scam

Bhubaneswar: With the Vigilance department submitting its final report on dal scam to the state government, more heads are likely to roll as massive irregularities on supply of substandard pulses were reported from many districts, official sources said on Wednesday.

The Vigilance`s final report came four days after the resignation of Pramila Mallilk as women and child development minister on Saturday.

Besides, the state government had initiated action against three IAS officers who had been Collectors in Mayurbhanj, Balasore and Deogarh districts.

While the Vigilance department had earlier given its investigation report on the supply of substandard pulses to Deogarh, Mayurbhanj and Balasore districts, it recently handed over the final findings from Ganjam and Jajpur district.

"We have received the report from Vigilance on Jajpur and Ganjam districts," chief secretary B K Patnaik told reporters adding he was waiting for a supporting document from the anti-corruption wing on the findings of public analysts.

Stating that he had forwarded the vigilance report to the Women and Child Development department for further examination, he said public analysts would give their remarks on quality of pulses being supplied in the five districts.

The vigilance sleuths during investigation had seized samples of substandard pulses being given to different schools and anganwadi centres for mid-day meal (MDM) scheme and supplementary nutrition programme (SNP).

"The sample pulses need to be scientifically verified before filing chargesheet against the persons found involved in the scam," a senior vigilance official said.

The final report included irregularities in Jajpur, the native district of the then WCD minister Mallik. Moreover, the first allegation of supply of substandard dal to schools and anganwadi centres was reported from Jajpur district.

Meanwhile, after taking charge of WCD department, Minister Prafulla Samal directed the authorities to withdraw substandard dal from all places. "We have also decided to black list dal supplier firms," he said.