Hitesh Dev Sarma has filed an FIR towards his predecessor Prateek Hajela within the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption wing of the state authorities alleging corruption and cash laundering by the latter. 

NRC officers test paperwork of Indian residents at a NRC workplace in Dhubri, Assam. (File Picture: AFP)

The Assam coordinator of Nationwide Register of Residents (NRC), Hitesh Dev Sarma, has filed an FIR towards his predecessor Prateek Hajela within the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption wing of the state authorities alleging corruption and cash laundering by the latter.

“I’ve the honour to tell you that vast corruption and cash laundering was suspected to have occurred through the tenure of Prateek Hajela, the then State Coordinator beneath updation of NRC,” Hitesh Dev Sarma said within the FIR.

Sarma within the FIR said that system integrator (SI) was given the duty of supplying Information Entry Operators (DEO) for conducting updation of the NRC programme “It might be talked about that the SI was paid Rs 14,500/- to Rs 17,500/- per 30 days per DEO by the NRC authority, however the DEOs bought solely Rs 5,500/- to Rs 9,100/- per 30 days throughout 2015 to 2019. Even the DEOs had been denied the minimal wage as per the Minimal Wages Act,” the FIR said.

Sarma has alleged that ‘undue profit’ to the tune of Rs 155.83 crore was allowed to the SI/labour contractor. He additionally alleged {that a} intermediary was employed in your entire course of. “It might be talked about right here that in my investigation it got here to gentle that one particular person acted as intermediary. However his presence was all the time seen within the workplace. It’s suspected that he was the important thing particular person in managing all of the kickbacks and cash laundering. An in depth investigation into the transactions, accounts/stability sheets of the individuals concerned is prone to show corruption and cash laundering as suspected,” the FIR said.

Sarma additionally alleged that there was an ‘avoidable expenditure to the tune of Rs 10.73 crore in reference to the engagement of a Third-Social gathering Monitoring Advisor (TPMC). “It might be talked about that the availability for engagement of third-party consultants and provision for execution of any supplementary settlement with the SI was neither within the RFP nor within the Grasp Service Settlement/Service Degree Settlement,” the FIR said.

Final month, Sarma had lodged an FIR with the CID department of the Assam police towards Hajela and others for his or her alleged anti-national actions through the updation of the residents’ listing.

Hajela, who’s an IAS officer, is presently serving in his house state of Madhya Pradesh.

The 1951 NRC was up to date primarily based on the Assam Accord of 1985, the clause 6 of which says Bangladeshi residents, who entered Assam after March 24, 1971, are to be detected and deported. Over 19.06 lakh of the three.3 crore candidates had been unnoticed of the NRC.



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