Ministry of Finance to investigate irregularities in drug purchases in times of COVID

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Serious allegations have been made against the KMSCL since the first wave of the pandemic. It was alleged that officials placed ad-hoc orders for emergency drugs without floating tenders or quotes. The director of KMCSL went on a two-week leave shortly after the Department of Health recommended a complete overhaul of the company. The overhaul of officials, including IAS officers, will be carried out with the approval of the Chief Minister.

It was also discovered that several files related to COVID time purchases were deleted from the company’s computer network. The IT experts, however, recovered around 6,000 files, which will be examined by the finance department.

Drugs and medical equipment worth Rs 1,600 were thus purchased and most of them remain unused. The funds were released by invoking the relevant articles of the Disaster Management Act.

The company’s transactions have not been verified since the previous government took over. It was alleged that the parents of an official, who dealt with finances, were the auditors. The official had already faced action.

Meanwhile, the managing director on leave ahead of the finance ministry’s investigation was viewed with suspicion. The official is said to have taken leave on the occasion of the Pongal festival.

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