Speculation is rife that there is extensive abuse of government fuel coupons issued free to politicians. Well informed sources said that free coupons issued to politicians representing both the ruling party and the opposition are sold.
Despite irrefutable evidence that there was corruption in this process, no effective action had been taken, well informed sources said.
This had come to light recently following the reported loss of a book containing 20 vouchers each worth Rs. 2,000 issued to a Deputy Minister. According to the sources, each book contained 25 coupons (petrol) each worth Rs. 2,000. This particular Deputy Minister is given coupons worth Rs. 100,000 as he is from a far-away town.
Recently the politician?s office had claimed that book numbered 387 (tickets numbered from 009651-009675) had been missing. This had prompted the ministry to inform the CPC not to accept those rickets. Subsequently the ministry had been told that the office had made a mistake regarding the number of the missing book.
They claimed that book numbered 388 (tickets numbered from 009676 to 009700) had been lost.
According to sources there had been instances where a coupon worth Rs 2,000 had been sold to a pump attendant for Rs. 1,500. `This is not an isolated case,` the sources said. (SF)