October 28, 2020

Suspension axe on Srijan auditor

Bhagalpur: The state government initiated action against auditors who had earlier conducted audits of Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahayog Samity on behalf of the state’s cooperative department.

The state government suspended one such erstwhile auditor of Srijan, Arvind Kumar Ajay, who is presently deputed as the auditor of Purnea’s district cooperative society.

Ajay had earlier conducted audits of the Srijan accounts. He was held responsible in conducting the audit wrongly and violating the basic norms of auditing. The department had levelled gross violation of norms, dereliction in duty, financial irregularities and developing nexus with Srijan people against him. The recently published audit reports by the auditor-general (AG), Bihar, has underlined such irregularities, which helped Srijan continue huge embezzlement of government funds over a long period.

On the basis of such charges, Ajay has been put under suspension by deputy secretary (vigilance), state cooperative department, Rajendra Ram. The cooperative minister had already recommended the suspension of Ajay on the basis of recommendation by the cooperative department on July 26.

Ajay’s suspension comes close on the heels of the cooperative department’s action against then auditor of the Bhagalpur district cooperative society, Krishnakant Verma. Verma was also held responsible of furnishing audits of Srijan wrongly during his tenure in Bhagalpur. The department not only suspended Verma but started departmental proceedings against him on July 13.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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