District Cooperative Marketing Society accused of trying to cover up issue
80,000 capacitors purchased from dubious agencies
Farmers reject them because of poor quality
ANANTAPUR: The district unit of Communist Party of India (CPI) has alleged that efforts were being made to cover up the capacitors scam in the District Cooperative Marketing Society (DCMS) with an intention to save the skin of a few influential members of its governing body.
Talking to newspersons here on Wednesday, district secretary of the party M.V. Ramana, explained that the DCMS had purchased 80,000 capacitors of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 KVA capacity worth Rs. 2 crore by investing Rs. 1 crore of its own funds and the remaining was borrowed from the Government last year.
However, the organisation suffered huge loss as farmers did not purchase the equipment as expected due to poor quality. The capacitors were procured from different distributors at lumpsum flouting the norms of ordering the equipment in phases. Besides, none of the distributors were existing now, as the addresses given by them proved to be fake.
The equipment had neither the manufacturing date nor the batch number printed on them.
The DCMS had sold the capacitors to farmers through its branches in the district, Mahila Samakhyas and AP Transco. They were now pressurising the DCMS district office to take back the unsold stock.
About Rs. 50 lakh worth capacitors were sold by the three ‘agencies’ and stock worth another Rs. 18 lakh was still lying in the godowns. There was no audit of the entire capacitors purchase and sales. When an officer tried to expose the scam, swindling of funds to the tune of Rs. 1 crore last year, she was transferred by those involved in the scam, Mr. Ramana alleged.
He demanded that the Government order an inquiry into the capacitors’ issue and register criminal cases against those involved in causing heavy financial loss to the organisation.