Amid the rising demand for caste census from a number of opposition events and the centre stonewalling it, the Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI has opened a felony investigation to probe alleged dishonest and falsification of census knowledge collected by a non-public agency as a part of Socio Economic Caste Census, also referred to as SECC, in 2011.
The CBI has filed a dishonest case towards Lalit Rai, director of Thane-based Netwing Technologies Pvt Ltd, which was a part of SECC-2011.
The centre by the Rural Development Ministry carried out the SECC throughout the nation in 2011. This was additionally India’s first paperless census throughout 640 districts.
While the info on socio financial options of households had been launched in July 2015, the caste knowledge has not been launched until date after the centre cited “errors” within the knowledge.
Indian Telephone Industries or ITI, a authorities firm, was roped in by the Rural Development Ministry for the SECC-2011 challenge and the Thane-based Netwing Technologies had signed a contract with ITI in October 2011 for conducting the SECC.
Lalit Rai’s firm was awarded the work for conducting SECC in 5 districts of Delhi, together with New Delhi, central Delhi, east Delhi, northeast Delhi and northwest Delhi.
ITI alleges that Mr Rai’s firm gave false and duplicate knowledge to the federal government, leading to monetary loss to the centre.
“Netwing technologies Private Limited committed cheating and misappropriation of government funds to the tune of Rs 4.56 crore by the way of furnishing falsified and duplicate data to NIC (National Informatics Centre),” ITI stated in its grievance, seen by NDTV.
ITI had filed the grievance with Kerala Police because the settlement was signed at Palakad division of ITI. Since the matter is about alleged misappropriation of presidency funds and dishonest in a central challenge, the CBI took over the investigation primarily based on suggestion by the centre and the Kerala governments.
The annual report of ITI for 2013-14 says, “During the year a fraud has been reported by the company involving an amount of Rs 2,453 lakh by M/s Netwing Technologies Pvt Ltd, a service provider of the company in the implementation of SECC project in Palakkad unit.”
The CBI investigation comes at a time when the Maharashtra authorities has approached the Supreme Court looking for uncooked knowledge of Other Backward Classes or OBCs collected within the state by SECC-2011.
Opposing the Maharashtra authorities’s request, the centre advised the Supreme Court in September this yr that “caste enumeration in SECC-2011 is fraught with mistakes”.
Defending its argument that the info is “unusable”, the centre had advised the Supreme Court that an evaluation of the SECC-2011 knowledge confirmed there have been greater than 46 lakh totally different castes throughout the nation, whereas the primary census in 1931 confirmed solely 4,147 castes.