The state government has decided to fill vacancies in order to strengthen the agencies probing the scams that allegedly took place during the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) regime.
The economic offences wing (EOW) is probing the irregularities in the purchase of wheat (food and civil supplies department), seeds (UP Seeds Corporation) and medicines (health and family welfare department). Recently, the EOW was directed to assist the lokayukta in the probe into the purchase of pink stones by the mines department and the Rashtriya Nirman Nigam (RNN) for the construction of memorials.
An EOW officer said, “since its inception in 1970, the state government has handed over around 400 investigations to the EOW. The EOW has filed chargesheets in around 200 cases. In some others, the investigation was delayed due to a shortage of officers in the department,” he said and added around a dozen posts of inspectors, nine DSPs and five SPs were lying vacant.
“The state government has been apprised of the requirement of human resource to solve the problem,” he said and added “a proposal has been dispatched to the home department for the appointment of officers”.
Principal secretary, home, RM Srivastava said, “the vacant posts in the EOW and other agencies are being filled with the promotion of police officers to various ranks. Recently, the DPC has been held for the promotion of provincial police service officers. We are awaiting the centre’s green signal for the promotion of senior PPS officers to IPS. Once the promotion procedure is completed, there will be no dearth of the officers in various agencies.”
“The investigation agencies are also provided with equipments, including extra vehicles, required for the probe,” he said. A senior police officer said, “though the state government has decided to fill the vacant posts of senior police officers, no initiative has been taken to fill up the posts of inspectors. Instead of the DSPs or ASPs, the inspectors are appointed as investigation officer (IO) to probe the scam.” The state government has handed over the multi-crore labour and construction co-operative federation (LACCFED) scam to the special investigation bureau of the cooperative cell. A home department officer said, “the investigation agencies have been directed to take help from the specialised agencies to work out the cases of money- laundering or find the trail of the ill-gotten money.”