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Lok Ayukta's surprise visits discover:

  • Evaporation of 43 ltrs. diesel in 1 hours in City Corporation Petrol Bunk.
  • CTO fails to recover Rs. 120 crore arrears - why ?
  • In City Veterinary Hospital, 11 employees sign the attendance register with... but were found absent.

Lok Ayukta Mr. Justice N. Venkatachala was utterly shocked when an employee at the City Corporation's petrol bunk claimed that 43 litres of diesel was evaporated within one - and - half hours.

The employee gave this 'explanation' when the Lok Ayukta paid a surprise visit to the bunk in the premises of the City Corporation. Mr. Justice Venkatachala found that though the bunk supplied 118 litres of diesel to the Corporation vehicles since morning of May 31st 2004, there was no entry regarding 43 litres of fuel.

The Lok Ayukta, accompanied by Vigilance Squad Convenor Dr. H. Sudarshan, went through the indent book.

Chiding the employee for 'evaporation theory,' Mr. Justice Venkatachala said that he was aware of such business in every Government office where the fuel was supplied to the vehicles in excess to the indent.

Corporation Commissioner Mr. A.B. Ibrahim told the Lok Ayukta that the bunk supplies diesel and petrol worth Rs. 3 lakh every month to the Corporation vehicles. The Lok Ayukta sought complete records regarding the consumption of the fuel.

The Lok Ayukta began his raids from the Commercial Tax Office (CTO). He was angry when he found that the CTO had been able to recover only Rs. 94 lakh towards the arrears of Rs. 120 crore. "Can we run a Government depending on people like you?" the Lok Ayukta asked the Head of the Department. A top officer tried to defend the arrears saying that there were many deferment cases delaying the recovery of arrears.

Mr. Justice Venkatachala asked the officer to send the records to his office located nearby and submit monthly reports to him regarding the recovery.

Later, Mr. Justice Venkatachala visited the veterinary hospital on Dewan's Road where he found 11 employees absent though there were markings in the attendance register. The Lok Ayukta also found the Supervisor collecting more fees than the stipulated amount of Rs. 5 while making the entry for Rs. 5. While the collection was only Rs. 20 during the one hour today, Mr. Justice Venkatachala found Rs. 110 in the Supervisor's pocket.

Lok Ayukta's bitter dose to K. R. Hospital:
Karnataka Lok Ayukta Mr. Justice N. Venkatachala, who paid a surprise visit to the K.R. Hospital, marked 'absent' to 49 doctors who were not on duty event at 9.30 am today i. e. on June 1st 2004. He directed the Hospital Superintendent Dr. Mahimanjan Singh not to allow any doctor to join duty who are not punctual or deduct their salary.

Mr. Justice Venkatachala, who took the Superintendent, doctors and other employees to task for their irresponsibility and corrupt practices, warned that the local Lok Ayukta officials will pay surprise visits to the hospital and the officials have been empowered to arrest the corrupt official.

Store - keeper suspended:
The Lok Ayukta ordered the suspension of the store - keeper Gopalaswamy at the medicine counter for issuing less medicines and tablets than prescribed by the doctors thus cheating the Government and the patients. Lok Ayukta Vigilance Squad Convenor Dr. H. Sudarshan, caught red - handed the store - keeper who was asking the patient to come tomorrow when the patient objected for issue of four tablets though the doctor had prescribed 15 tablets. Store - keeper Gopalaswamy was unaware that Dr. Sudarshan was closely watching what was happening in the counter.

Dr. Sudarshan heard Gopalaswamy defending issue of less number of tablets saying that the doctors themselves had instructed him to do so though they prescribe any quantity of tablets and drugs.Dr. Sudarshan was shocked when Gopalaswamy returned the prescription to the poor patient after putting a seal, which declared that 'medicines issued'.

Gopalaswamy realised that he was in trouble when Dr. Sudarshan took the prescription from the patient and asked the store - keeper why he was cheating the patient.Dr. Sudarshan went inside and picked up a slip, which mentioned issue of 15 tablets to the particular patient.

Lok Ayukta Mr. Justice Venkatachala, who arrived at the counter along with Dr. Mahimanjan Singh, took the store - keeper to task for the corrupt practice.

"You people are running a racket. You shameless fellows. You are selling these medicines in open market denying the same to the patients," he remarked.The Lok Ayukta asked the Superintendent to keep the store -keeper under suspension and send a report to the Lok Ayukta office immediately.

Doctors - drug Cos nexus:
Dr. Sudarshan also detected a nexus between the doctors and drug companies when he came across a lady from Naganalli village whom a doctor had unnecessarily prescribed a costly tonic.The Lok Ayukta, who was furious, thundered at a doctor on duty that the doctors in the hospital had become brokers of drug companies, which heavily bribe the doctors for unnecessary prescriptions.

Mr. Justice Venkatachala was sad when he found the nurse at the injection room administering injections to the patients as they stood.He advised the nurse to administer injection when the patients lie down on the cots.

Courtesy: Star of Mysore

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