The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority has started investigation into allegations of financial irregularities in the Ministry of Urban Development while procuring tents for earthquake victims.
Bhawani Subedi, press advisor to CIAA Chief Commissioner Lok Man Singh Karki, informed that the anti-graft body has seized all the necessary documents from the ministry a week ago and has already started investigation into the matter. He said the CIAA started the probe following reports of irregularities while purchasing tents.
The ministry had directly purchased 452,709 tents in three different phases to distribute to earthquake victims as emergency relief. But instead of distributing the tents to the victims, the ministry reportedly distributed them to their own officials, lawmakers and their relatives.
Likewise, a report submitted by the National Vigilance Center, another anti-graft body, states that the tents purchased directly by the ministry were of poor-quality.
According to the report, the ministry had purchased 27,700 tents in the first phase, 125,000 tents in the second phase and 300,000 tents in the final phase. But there was no record of where the 5,500 tents purchased in the first phase were distributed.