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Vigilance probe into purchase of green gram seed still pending against Khemka

Even as the BJP government has dropped the major penalty chargesheet of Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka, an inquiry by the state vigilance bureau into the alleged irregularities committed by him in the purchase of green gram seed (moong dal) in 2013 during his stint as managing director, Haryana Seeds Development Corporation (HSDC) is still pending.

punjab Updated: Nov 04, 2015 23:42 IST
Hitender Rao
The vigilance bureau is probing the alleged flouting of established norms and tendering procedures in purchase of green gram seeds through a single bidder.
The vigilance bureau is probing the alleged flouting of established norms and tendering procedures in purchase of green gram seeds through a single bidder.(Livemint Photo)

Even as the BJP government has dropped the major penalty chargesheet of Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka, an inquiry by the state vigilance bureau into the alleged irregularities committed by him in the purchase of green gram seed (moong dal) in 2013 during his stint as managing director, Haryana Seeds Development Corporation (HSDC) is still pending.

The vigilance bureau is probing the alleged flouting of established norms and tendering procedures in purchase of green gram seeds through a single bidder, Metro Hybrid Seeds (on outright purchase basis), and denying National Co-operative Consumer Federation (NCCF) and National Agricultural Co-operative Marketing Federation (NAFED) the supply orders on consignment basis.

Vigilance bureau officials said that NCCF, NAFED were denied the supply order even as they had agreed to supply requisite quantity of green gram seed at the rate of Rs 8400 per quintal on consignment basis. Instead, a short term tender was floated by HSDC inviting private seed producers without even assigning the reasons for doing so. Only one seed producer- Metro Hybrid Seeds made an offer to supply the green gram seed at Rs 8,412 per quintal as against the negotiated rate of R8400 per quintal agreed by NCCF, NAFED, VB officials said.

In fact, the NCCF made a formal complaint in this regard to HSDC stating that if they had been given a counter offer to supply green gram seed they would have supplied the moong seed at Rs 8,000 per quintal on consignment basis as the rates of moong seed had considerably decreased in market during March-April 2013. The Federation also said that denying them the supply order without any intimation about the status of their tender was illegal and undue favour was shown in placing order to Metro Hybrid Seeds.

While Khemka as Managing Director, HSDC had put a condition for NCCF and NAFED that the seed supplies should be from their own-co-producers and not through traders or middlemen no such condition was imposed for Metro Hybrid Seeds. The private seeds producer supplied about 6,600 quintals of seed after buying it from other 24 seed producers and traders.