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Financial irregularities worth over Rs 1bn in import of chemical fertiliser reported

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KATHMANDU: At a time when the farmers have been beseeching the politicos and government officials for the chemical fertiliser, the officials at Agriculture Inputs Company — the government body to supply the fertilisers — are found to have been involved in the financial irregularities while importing fertilisers in cahoots with the suppliers. As per the case filed against the company officials by the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), the company was found importing nonstandard chemical fertilisers. The CIAA investigation showed that the company under the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock failed to meet the quality criteria while importing the DAP fertiliser for the fiscal year 2077/2078BS. They embezzled such a huge amount by buying low-quality fertiliser. The company had asked Nepal Environmental and Scientific Service to give a report against the competitive bid in line with the Chemical Fertiliser (Control) Order, 2055, and Public Procurement Act, 2063 and Regulation. The imported chemical fertiliser failed to meet the quality/standard set by Nepal Quality Control and Metrology Department. Payment of Rs 1.53 billion was made by preparing a fake report. The CIAA filed the case against Managing Director at Agriculture Inputs Company, Netra Bahadur Bhandari, Manager Bishnu Prasad Pokhrel, Assistant Manager Durga Prasad Pande, Deputy Manager Puskar Dip Budha with the demand of the recovery of Rs 1.53 billion. Information to this was shared by CIAA Spokesperson Narayan Risal on Sunday. The CIAA also filed the case against Managing Director at Nepal Environmental and Scientific Service, Salil Devkota, Lab Director Sunil Babu Khatri and others. Similarly, a case has been filed against the supplier Binit Joshi of Joshi Biz House in the Special Court with the demand of similar recovery. By RSS: READ ALSO:
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