Friday, August 6, 2010

Reward for Honesty meted out to Mr. Umasankar IAS

Mr. Umasankar IAS was victimized by the Tamil Nadu Government on grounds of falsified community certificate. He entered civil service in 1990 under the Dalit quota, which is currently being disputed. The media is reporting facts that he has always been an honest officer and has been instrumental in unearthing a discrepancy in 1995, in Madurai in the construction of cremation facility, and during his tenure as the Managing Director of the Arasu Cable Company (ACC) and Electronic corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT), he unearthed a major scandal of missing subsidiary companies with allocated government funds in multiples of crores.In spite of all the support and trust he is still under suspension and no action is being taken to study the matter of dispute, namely the vanishing of 700 crores of tax payers money.

Earlier, in 2006, when Umashankar was MD of the Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT), it floated a joint venture company with New Era Technologies Ltd called ELNET, which in turn, launched a subsidiary company called ETL Infrastructure Ltd. "This company purchased 25 acres of land at Pallikaranai near Chennai and constructed an IT park of 17 lakh square feet. It also got IT special economic zone status from the Centre by projecting itself as a subsidiary of the state-owned ELCOT. But later, ETL became a wholly privately-owned company," the AIADMK chief said. She alleged that the officer was shunted out from ELCOT after he raised questions about the disappearance of it subsidiary from records along with its Rs 700 crore assets.

Right now he is suspended and facing disciplinary action for falsified documents. The media and opposition party is projecting that all this is due to his intervention in the mismanagement of funds in the Governmental communication sector. Mr. Umasankar has described the events as a retribution for his honesty. Being said, there is yet a commission to be formed to evaluate the assets of the all the communication departments involved. Right now the focus is to get Mr. Umasankar out in the clear, but at the same time an inquiry into the accounts of the major cable companies involved in this controversy, which have siphoned taxpayers money for personal gains have to be undertaken immediately. Someone has to be accountable to the lost funds and an inquiry is imminent. This would be a very good issue to watch and see how it unfolds in the coming months, and if the public would ever come to know about the source and distribution of funds.


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