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Govt fast tracks ground level identification of small chit fund depositors




  In a step towards protection of the interest of small depositors duped by the chit fund companies, State Government has grounded the steps for their identification through field verification.

Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi had a videoconference with Collectors, Additional District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police of all districts in this regard today.

Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan and Principal Secretary Finance Tuhin Kanta Pandey were present during the discussion.

      Padhi told the Senior District Officials that the teams formed must be complete with all its members and visit the specified spots as per earlier information given to people through advance publicity.

He said that all the three members of the team should judiciously determine the genuineness of the depositors and the verification should not be a mere comparison between photo copies and original documents.

“The authenticity of the documents and legitimacy of the depositors should also be examined and the Collectors get the process of verification recorded through videography and CCTV,” he said.

             The review revealed that the training for master trainers and team member has been completed in all the districts.

The teams will comprise ASI of Police of the concerned area, Revenue Inspector or Amin and Extension Officers of the concerned area, he said.

The Development Commissioner advised the Finance Department to issue a circular containing frequently asked questions and answers along with a SOP for standardizing the investigation procedure.

      Padhi told reporters after the meeting that the verification process has already started and are likely to be completed in the months of May-June this year.

Pandey said two sets of the list of depositors are being verified at the field level – one is the list of Rose valley group as forwarded by the Court and other is the list of small depositors suggested by the Commission of Enquiry.

“There are around 3.93 lakh persons in Rose valley list and 12000 persons in Commission’s list,” he added.

Pandey said the entire verification process would be clean and transparent free.

One toll free telephone number-18003457 and email address under the title ‘dipfd.odisha@gmail.com’ has been activated through which any person who feels deprived from verification can send a message, he said.

      Special DG Crime Branch Bijaya Kumar Sharma, Additional Secretary Finance Pradeepta Kumar Nanda along with other senior officers from concerned departments participated in discussions.






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