Rs 25 crore scam hits labour dept- The New Indian Express
Express News Service
BENGALURU: A major scam with irregularities to the tune of Rs 25.73 crore, involving inflated figures and fake vouchers showing catering done to migrant building and construction workers in Bengaluru has claimed to have been unearthed by a social activist. The number of migrant building and other construction workers has been found to be more than three-four times larger than official list drawn up by the city police chief.
A social activist filed a complaint with Lokayukta on Wednesday alleging a scam to the tune of Rs 25,73,69,236 by Construction & Other Workers Welfare Board (C&OWWB) under the Labour Department. It has been alleged the perpetrators claimed to have given food kits to 2.50 lakh to 3.50 lakh migrant building and other construction workers per day.
Activist seeks probe into institutions
They had stayed in various halls in Bengaluru for 48 days during the Covid-19 lockdown between March third week to May first week in 2020 through five private caterers, hotels and private organizations.
KC Rajanna, the social activist who has filed the complaint, said the then Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao had given a list of only 71,617 migrant building and other construction workers from all the zones of Bengaluru. The list was drawn based on information availed through all the police stations and handed over to C&OWWB. However, the board has claimed to have provided food far beyond this list, he said.