Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Incredible! Punjab bureaucrats doled out revolvers at throwaway price

A NUMBER of weapons including Chinese revolvers and MM Mauser pistols, which were recovered by the Punjab police from terrorists and criminals during the last 20 years were allotted to political leaders and bureaucrats for a pittance, according to a report in The Times of India quoting a Bathinda resident who had filed an RTI application.
Bureaucrats and politicians were doled out .32 bore Chinese revolvers for Rs 25,000 each which were much lower than the market price of Rs 2 lakh each. As many as 79 such revolvers were sold at lower prices.
The report named former deputy commissioner of Bathinda KP Sinha and Faridkot DC Hussan Lal as beneficiaries of the state’s largesse. Both those bureaucrats were allotted German made .32 bore revolvers. The RTI further found that about a dozen DSPs in Punjab police and SDMs were also allotted the weapons at below market prices.

A DoPT clarification on PS
The government has clarified that the services rendered by an officer (of a service
participating under the Central Staffing Scheme) as private secretary or OSD to ministers will be treated as service under the Central Staffing Scheme, for the purpose of empanelment as additional secretary or secretary to the Government of India. The DoPT issued this CIRCULAR dated March 25, 2011.

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