Officers of the textile ministry, who arrived in the city on Saturday to clear the air on recent changes in the ministry’s subsidy schemes, faced awkward moments when industrialists complained of rampant corruption in the regional office of the textile commissioner in Amritsar and slammed the visiting officers of failing to do anything about it. The businessmen flayed the long pendency of subsidy files of several textile industrialists from Ludhiana, who have been awaiting processing for almost two years.
Knitwear Club chairman Vinod Thapar accused the staff at Amritsar office of deliberately delaying subsidy files of industrialists for months. Thapar said, “Businessmen have to go through a lot of harassment to get their subsidies processed from the Amritsar office. There are so many cases where the files sent for claims within the stipulated time were not forwarded by the staff. As a result, we are unable to receive our subsidy even after two years of submitting documents.” Thapar also said officers often ask businessmen to come to Amritsar to submit documents for their files even though there is no such rule and documents can be submitted online also.
Bhushan Abbi, president, Knit and Fab Cluster, came down heavily on the department and said, “The Amritsar office of the department has become a den of corrupt officers. A businessman’s file, even if it is for a petty work, does not move an inch if they don’t oblige undue demands of the staff. We want an inquiry against the entire staff posted here for the last five years. Guilty officers should be suspended and made to pay interest to industrialists whose subsidies have been kept pending deliberately.”
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