Gross misappropriation, misuse of power at APMC

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Aug 2017 09:49:47


Special Correspondent,

Inquiry Committee submitted report to Government

The Governing body of Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) was illegally auctioning the shops in the fruit market in Kalmana, therefore, the auction of all the 20 shops should be cancelled. This was proposed in the inquiry committee report of the APMC. The committee also found massive misappropriation of funds and misuses of power by the market committee.

The copy of the report was submitted to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis recently at Mumbai. Legislators Krishna Khopde, Anil Sole, Girish Vyas, BJP Vyapari Aghadi Chairman Sanjay Wadhwani, Dilip Mathankar and Vishwabandhu Gupta were present. Krishna Khopde has demanded SIT probe into entire five years tenure of Directors of Market Committee in Legislative Assembly.

It may be mentioned that Co-operative, Marketing and Textile Minister had directed Deputy Secretary, Marketing, to stop auctioning of shops of APMC on the complaint filed by Sanjay Wadhwani in March 2017. The government has formed an inquiry committee presided by A D Patil, to probe the allegations levelled by Wadhwani. The other members of the committee were N S Kanjeri, Ashok Giri, T N Chavan, and Naresh Khobragade. The committee submitted its report to the government. The committee in its report upheld all the allegations levelled by Wadhwani and suggested cancellation of the auction of all the shops.

In its report, the committee found that the Market Committee headed by Ahmed bhai Karim Bhai Sheikh bend the rules and conditions to lease out the shops to his near and dear ones. They also violated the 5 conditions laid in the rules. The Market committee framed a rule in such way to pass benefits to the persons, known to them.

The Market Committee leased out 10 shops less than the estimated prices of Rs 16.63 lakh each. The committee leased out these shops at Rs 15.92 lakh each. The market committee was relieved from the power in March 2017, but they continued with the process of auctioning of shops in Aloo-Kanda market.

There was no provision for 3 per cent reservation for Divyang persons.
Wadhawni alleged that some of the directors of Market Committee leased out the shops to their relatives and themselves. There was gross misappropriation in leasing out shops, he added. The inquiry committee found all the allegation genuine and suggested for the action.