Ranchi: A Dainik Bhaskar probe has bared a massive ‘Dustbin Scam’ in Jharkhand. The local municipal bodies have bought dustbins at exorbitant rates – up to seven times the market price – for keeping them at public places in different cities of the state. The scam has been scripted in the funds provided by the Central Government under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
The local bodies of Jamshedpur and Dhanbad bought dustbins worth Rs 4,000 for Rs 14,500. The same dustbins wee purchased in Dhanbad for Rs 5,100. A back-of-the-envelope calculation shows that the total amount siphoned off by the officials may be more than Rs 6.25 crore.
In Jamshedpur, 3,350 dustbins costing Rs 1,250 a piece were purchased for Rs 5,500 from companies called Tirupati Sales, Reliable Enterprises and SE Enterprises. The total amount paid was Rs 3.53 crore, against the market price of Rs 89.82 lakh. Who owns the three firms is not clear and neither are their addresses. In fact, they seem to exist only on papers. Reliable Enterprises deals in medical equipment and has nothing to do with dustbins.
Rs 200 a piece dustbins bought for Rs 1,400
In Dhanbad, 2,000 dustbins were purchased from a Sonepat (Haryana) firm for door-to-door distribution. The dustbins, costing Rs 200, were bought for Rs 1,400 a piece. Only 400 of them were distributed while the rest are still dumped n the godowns of the local body.
Ranchi has been declared a dustbin-free city, as door-to-door collection of waste has been made mandatory. Still, the local municipal corporation bought 350 dustbins for Rs 14,500 each from a firm called Apex. These dustbins cost Rs 4,000 in the market.
If the same product has been purchased at different rates by different municipal bodies, it is a serious issue. We will launch a probe Rajesh Sharma, director, State Urban Development Agency, Ranchi
(Story: Anup Mishra,Santosh Chaudhary)