AIIMS penalises 6 staffers for graft

Taking strict action against graft, AIIMS has sacked or asked to proceed on compulsory retirement six of its staffers, including a top-level officer, on charges of corruption. After a long-drawn inquiry, a Group-A officer was found guilty of purchasing hospital articles at high rates from various sources despite the existence of a rate contract.

He was also charged with supplying sub-standard goods and causing loss to AIIMS, institute sources said.
The senior officer was asked to proceed on compulsory retirement and 50 per cent of his pension was ordered to be withdrawn for the next five years, they said.
The decision was taken at a governing body meeting of the AIIMS two weeks ago.
In the same case, two middle-level officers were also penalised for similar charges. While a sanitation officer was asked to go in for a compulsory retirement, a junior stores officer’s pension was ordered to be withdrawn for two years.
An assistant administration officer (Group B) was penalised with a 25 per cent cut in pension for overwriting and insertions in a tender for an engineering work.
Three other Group C officers were sacked for embezzlement of pension amounts. They were charged with fraudulent withdrawal of funds meant for pension benefits of ex-employees of the institute by depositing the cheques in their own accounts illegally.
All these orders were issued by chief vigilance officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi between March and July.
According to the sources, a post-retirement extension granted to a superintendent engineer, who headed AIIMS engineering wing, was also done away with on the recommendations of the vigilance department.

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