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Financial bungling in Vyapam pre-dates Shivraj, reveals RTI

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New Delhi: New information on Vyapam scam shows that the financial irregularities in the Madhya Pradesh professional examination board, pre-date the government. An RTI revealed that these irregularities have been the norm for the Board since its inception in 1970.

The RTI application filed by one of the whistle-blowers of the scam, Ajay Dube disclosed that more than 1,000 financial irregularities were reported in Vyapam since 1970 objections and they were raised by the state’s audit teams.

The audit of Vyapam was conducted by the Local Fund Audit under the MP government’s finance department.

“So far we have been able to cull out data through RTI from the department of Vyapam till 2008. There have been 1,000 audit objections in the department in 38 years (1970-2008). We are assuming there could be 50 more such irregularities till date, but the department is not disclosing any further information,” Dube told IANS over phone from Bhopal.

The RTI response to Dube revealed that 27 objections were raised by the audit team in Vyapam’s internal financial dealings in 1970-71, 61 in 1979-80, 129 in 1980-81, 65 in 1982-83, 48 in 1988-90, 40 each in 1997-98 and 2000-02, 61 in 2002-03, 53 in 2004-06, another 61 in 2006-07 and 34 in 2007-08.

According to reports, the admission and recruitment scam involving politicians, senior officials and businessmen in Madhya Pradesh could be pegged at Rs. 20,000 crore involving around 30,000 people.

“So far only 20 percent (3,600) of the total accused have been booked. Although the government figure shows that the number of deaths linked to Vyapam scam is 33, we assume the death toll is about 60,” Paras Saklecha, another whistleblower of the scam, told IANS from Indore.

“Each MBBS seat has been sold for Rs.30-50 lakh and a PG seat for Rs.70 lakh to Rs.1.5 crore,” Saklecha said.

The Vyapam scam has captured the nation’s attention, forcing the Madhya Pradesh government to agree to a CBI probe.

“Prima facie we believe there could be financial irregularities totalling more than Rs.100 crore… Vyapam is the state government’s exam conducting and not a revenue generating body. If there have been irregularities totalling Rs.100 crore in the department, it is overwhelming. By doing so, not just the policy was compromised, but also the standard and quality of recruitment,” Dube said.

On Sunday, Arun Sharma, dean of the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Medical College at Jabalpur, who was connected with the probe into the scandal, was found dead in a hotel room near Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.

A day earlier, television journalist Akshay Singh died in Jhabua soon after interviewing the family of one of the accused in the scam who had died.

Several people associated with the admission and recruitment racket in Vyapam have died since 2013 – mostly in mysterious circumstances.

(With inputs from IANS)

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25 Transfers in 13 Years : ‘KBC Wali Madam’ Turns ‘Transfer Wali Madam’

Amita Singh Tomar, the now-harassed woman officer, has no corruption charges against her

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Bhopal, July 16, 2017: Conventionally, the average duration of a government officer’s stay in a posting has been around three years. But here is a woman officer who has been transferred 25 times in 13 years, that too without being assigned any reason for her being frequently shifted.

Amita Singh Tomar, the now-harassed woman officer, has no corruption charges against her.

The keen-watchers of the TV quiz show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ (KBC) might recall the way Bollywood super star Amitabh Bachchan was impressed with her as she went on answering the questions to win Rs 50 lakh in 2011.

Posted as Tehsildar in Biaora in Madhya Pradesh’s Rajgarh district, Tomar has now been transferred to Sidhi district.

Upset with the decision of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government, she tweeted: “This is my 25th transfer in 13 years of my career. Whenever I got transferred, I was sent 500 km away.”

Tomar told IANS on Friday that when applications were sought for transfer, she had opted for a transfer to the Gwalior-Chambal division, but she had been transferred to Sidhi instead.

She has now written to senior state officials and even approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi through Twitter to apprise him of her ordeal.

“I won Rs 50 lakh in the TV quiz show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC)’ in 2011 and the people then began to recognise me as ‘KBC Wali Madam’. But now I am known as ‘Transfer Wali Madam’ because of constant transfers,” she said.

Incidentally, Tomar has hit the headlines in the past as well, for reasons other than her frequent transfers.

During her posting in Raoti in Ratlam district in June 2016, she had written in Facebook: “When Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Afghanistan then the people there carrying the Indian national flag in their hands raised slogans of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and ‘Vande Mataram’.”

In the next lines, the woman officer requested PM Modi to launch a “Rajiv Gandhi Suicide Plan”, so that the Congressmen and those following secular ideology could commit suicide after reading such reports.

A controversy had then erupted over her Facebook post, following which she was transferred to Rajgarh district. (IANS)

 

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Domestic social shopping platform LimeRoad ties up with Madhya Pradesh Government to Digitise Handloom Sector

LimeRoad will work with the talented artisans to blend traditional weaves with modern-day design

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New Delhi, December 24, 2016: Domestic social shopping platform LimeRoad on Saturday announced its partnership with the Madhya Pradesh government for an exclusive range of handicrafts and apparel to be made available on its platform.

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Towards this, LimeRoad has signed an MoU with the “Madhya Pradesh Laghu Udyog Nigam”.

“Platform provided by LimeRoad to our artisans will help spreading the old customs & traditions of rural Madhya Pradesh across the world,” tweeted Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

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“We welcome the talented artisans of Madhya Pradesh on to our platform. These gorgeous Chanderi, Maheshwari fabrics and saris have been around for years,” said Suchi Mukherjee, Founder and CEO, LimeRoad, in a statement. (IANS)

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8 SIMI Terrorists Escape From Bhopal Central Jail After Killing one Guard and Taking another Hostage

Security was tightened and a search operation was launched to nab the terrorists

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Bhopal, October 31, 2016: Eight terrorists of banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) managed to escape from the Bhopal Central Jail by killing a guard, the state Home Minister said on Monday. The prisoners broke the gate and scaled walls using bedspreads.

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Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhoopendra Singh told IANS: “Eight SIMI terrorists managed to escape the jail on late Sunday night after killing one guard and taking another hostage.”

The Madhya Pradesh Police sounded a high alert. The state border was sealed following the jailbreak, security was tightened and a search operation was launched to nab the terrorists, Singh said.

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The jailbreak took place between 12 and 2 a.m. on Sunday. The prisoners broke open prison gates and then fashioned ropes out of bedspreads to scale the boundary walls, said the jail authorities.

All escapees were facing treason charges. Singh accepted that the incident points to a major security lapse.

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Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan recently instructed for more stringent security arrangements at all state facilities. (IANS)