By Rajinder S Taggar
Chandigarh, January 26: Investigators are taking a look at Rs. 700 crore Philips-Signify scheme rip-off has uncovered essential proof linking two IAS officers heading separate firms meant to develop industries and create employment in Punjab and the Minister accountable for Industries for his or her collusion in corruption.
In response to Vigilance Bureau (VB) sources, the Punjab State Industrial Improvement Company (PSIDC) headed by J. Sibin IAS has on November 17, 2020 issued a no-objection certificates (NOC) to relocate 25 acres of prime industrial land. A plot of land in Mohali to the Punjab Small Industries and Exports Company (PSIEC) and Philips-Signify provides the choice to the residents of the realm to additional promote it as per their selection.
Sources allege that NOC is violating Part 20 of the land sale deed registration dated Could 27, 1987, which requires the corporate to make use of the stated land completely for establishing its industrial venture or for another objective accredited by the federal government. one other objective.
Clause 20 additional states that if the unit turns into sick or bancrupt, it should revert to the federal government, i.e. PSIDC. “In case of breach of the situations of the allotment, this Company shall have the correct to get well the possession of the land and the constructing and shall even have the correct to forfeit the whole quantity paid by the corporate,” the allotment settlement stated.
Aside from the violation of Clause 20, PSIDC confirmed ignorance in regards to the cost of Rs.27.29 million in 2 installments on thirteenth August 2020 and twenty second October 2020 by the possible purchaser Gulmohar Townships Restricted. It confirmed that Philips and Gulmohar. There was an unstated prior settlement of the PSIDC that the NOC would undoubtedly be granted.
Quite the opposite, PSIDC supervisor Abhay Kumar Gupta objected to the transfer and despatched an in depth notice stating that free land can’t be given to PSIEC or another third celebration citing totally different guidelines and notifications of the Punjab authorities. The 2017 switch coverage didn’t cowl the Philips industrial space, Gupta wrote.
Gupta, overriding MD C. Sibi’s recommendation, stated in a terse notice that since PSIDC was not an institution, NOC ought to be given to switch the plot to PSIEC (learn on the market to Gulmohar settlements).
Assistant Labor Commissioner Ms. Monapuri additionally wrote to the Philips administration that the manufacturing unit can’t be closed with the consent of the federal government because it employs 1,500 staff. However his protest was swept below the carpet as every part gave the impression to be “arrange”.
After the NOC was granted, on March 3, 2021, M/s Philips (additionally referred to as M/s Signify Improvements) entered right into a sale settlement with M/s Gulmohar Townships, an actual property firm. The PSIEC accredited the transfer with out losing any time with none venture report on the aim for which the land was offered to an organization primarily engaged in actual property enterprise.
The PSIEC modified the situations permitting the land for use for a number of functions, together with residential, in violation of part 20 of the register. This ultimately turned the commercial venture into an actual property venture.
The rocket pace of utility of M/s Gulmohar searching for permission from PSIEC to divide the plot into smaller elements confirmed that every one had been serving one another’s private curiosity and never Punjab.
On March 16, 2021, Gulmohar’s Jagdeep Singh submitted an utility to PSIEC for bifurcation of 25 acres of land. On March 17, 2021, the Industries Minister directed MD PSIEC to ship an inventory of all pending bifurcation circumstances by March 18, 2021, the day of M/s Gulmohar’s request, March 16, 2021.
On the identical day, MD Neelima constituted a 10-member committee for session. On March 19, the committee held a gathering in SPSingh’s workplace room. March 20 and 21 had been public holidays as they had been Saturday and Sunday. On March 22, SP Singh submitted the committee’s report back to the MD. On March 23, MD Neelima put her signatures of approval on the bifurcation request. On March 24, a affirmation letter was issued. All the things was resolved inside 6 working days.
Now VB has come to know that the issuance of bifurcation letter on twenty fourth March 2021 is simply an eye fixed wash. M/s Gulmohar had offered 24 small dimension plots incomes Rs.17.55 crores a lot earlier than the approval was granted. The cost from the consumers was acquired by means of financial institution channels which proves that every one the important thing officers of PSIDC, PSIEC, M/s Philips and M/s Gulmohar acted in tandem to evade the state.