Multi-crore scam in Haryana, pvt company admins booked: The Tribune India
Bhartesh Singh Thakur
Chandigarh, April 30
A multi-million dollar scam has surfaced in Grameen Kaushal Yojana of the Haryana State Rural Livelihood Mission (HSRLM). The company contracted for the project is said to have siphoned off crores, while the training center rental deeds and the company’s bank guarantee turned out to be fake.
HSRLM obtains objectives and mandates from the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), and it allocates work to various providers and agencies, in addition to monitoring program implementation. ISEE Staffing Solutions Private Limited, Bengaluru, has been contracted for the vocational training of 1,050 rural youths in Haryana on the condition that at least 750 of them find employment within 36 months. The contract was for Rs 8.43 crore.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the HSRLM and ISSE Staffing Solutions on September 8, 2021, where Director T Hari Prasad represented the firm.
Vocational training was scheduled to start from November 28, 2021. On October 28, 2021, HSRLM released 25% of the contract amount (Rs 2.09 crore) to the company.
The company was instructed to open a subsidiary zero-balance account and transfer the allocated amount to a State Nodal Account (SNA), in line with new MoRD guidelines. After various reminders and follow-ups, only Rs 50.80 lakh was transferred on December 30, 2021.
As 75% of the total allocated funds were spent within a month, HSRLM officials were suspicious. Some officials visited the company’s respective centers and reportedly found that nothing had been done for regime compliance.
It was found that the rental agreements submitted and approved by HSRLM and the funds transferred to the seller by subletting the property for the training centers were not the same as those submitted at the time of signing the MoU by the Society.
All acts provided by the company have been performed with its own sister companies. Even the bank guarantee of Rs 1.05 crore submitted by the company at the time of signing the MoU was found to be fake, according to a January 28 communication from the Bank of Baroda.
Previously, the company approached the High Court of Punjab and Haryana to obtain the release of the balance. On March 15, the High Court ordered the Panchkula Police to file a situation report. An FIR was registered for alleged criminal breach of trust, cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy on March 17. Besides ISEE Staffing Solutions, SKV Industrial Associates and Sri Sringeri Education Trust have been named in the FIR along with their directors and representatives.
On April 21, a lower court rejected early bail applications for company director T Hari Prasad, his father-in-law TL Radhapathy (also a company director), his wife TR Sindhuja ( Trustee of the Sri Sringeri Education Trust) and Ms Divya. Prasad (Treasurer of SKV Industrial Associates). The allegations were “extremely serious” and “questioning in police custody may also be required”, the court said.