Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Shoddy state of Chief Vigilance Officer, Department of Pharmaceuticals

Shri Gajender Singh Rajukhedi
and Shri Uday Singh:
Hon’ble members of Parliament,

Dear Sir(s),
Thanks for asking the following question for WRITTEN ANSWERS to be tabled on Thursday, Sep 6, 2012

Financial Irregularities in NIPER
(a)  whether the Government/Board of Governors of National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) have written complaints regarding financial irregularities including the non-approval of Budget estimates for 2012-13, especially for NIPER, SAS Nagar, Punjab;
(b)  if so, whether the same have been investigated as per General Finance Rules by the Chief Vigilance Officer of the department who also happens to be member of BoG, NIPER;
(c)   if so, the details thereof and if not the reasons therefor;
(d)  the suggestions received by NIPER regarding action revival plan and to improve the systems and procedures; and
(e) the steps taken by NIPER in this matter?
This is to inform you that Raja Sekhar Vundru, CVO, Department of Pharmaceuticals was apprised about the corruption of NIPER since Feb 2012. My wife Sonali Roy send a formal complain on 06-02-2012. In between Feb and May 2012 I have lodged ten formal complain in CVC out of which eight transferred to CVO between May and July 2012.

After knowing the status of my complains I had wrote to CVO on 22-07-2012. Send a reminder and asked for his appointment to submit documentation on 27-07-2012. I have again send another reminder for his appointment to submit documentation and my protection on 02-08-2012. A signed copy is always enclosed with email and hard copy also sent to CVO by speed post. However till date I have not received any communication from him regarding appointment, reason best known to him. His silence in this matter is sufficient to raise doubt regarding his intention and integrity as CVO. It is also pertinent to mention that JS- Pharma is also Controlling and Disbursing officer of NIPER money.

Finally formal complain is lodged against Raja Sekhar Vundru, CVO, Department of Pharmaceuticals on 6th Aug 2012 with central vigilance commission (CVC). A request for appointment was also made for discussion regarding complains transferred to CVO by CVC for departmental inquiry.
On 29th of August 2012 myself and Dr. Bansal visited Vigilance commissioner Shri R. Sri Kumer in his office and submitted detail documents regarding all complains made to CVO Department of Pharmaceuticals (123 pages) and also the ink signed hard copie of formal complain against Shri Raja Sekhar Vundru, CVO, Department of Pharmaceuticals.

As per the information available to me a formal complain is registered in CVC computational system complain no 23598/2012. Now it is up to CVC to investigate these complains against Shri Raja Sekhar Vundru, CVO, Department of Pharmaceuticals.

It is also pertinent to mention that Dr. Bansal had also lodged formal complain against previous CVO, Shri Arun Kumar Jha, Department of Pharmaceuticals, with CVC, however no action was taken against him, rather he was promoter to CVO BHEL and recently as Additional Secretary DOPT. Finally Dr. Bansal has filed a case in Punjab Harayana High Court seeking direction for CBI investigation on 11th Five-year money misappropriation vide CWP no 14537 of 2012, notice of motion is issued to respondents including CVC and CBI, Chandigarh.

This is for your information and further perusal.

Thanking you


Nilanjan Roy

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