According to the local sources, it has been reported recently that the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) unearthed irregularities in the distribution of free rice to the coir workers in various parts of the state. The irregularities were found by a special team of Vigilance Cell of Thiruvananthapuram district in Kerala, during the surprise inspections conducted at the various ration shops in and around Chirayinkeezhu as part of its Creative Vigilance System initiated by VACB director Jacob Thomas. Further, it has been told that the inspections were conducted based on the statements of coir workers .While, speaking to the reporter Mr Thomas revealed that the Vigilance cell had found irregularities in the coir-related departments at selected areas at Chirayinkeezhu in Thiruvanathapuram district, Kollam and Alappuzha as part of our Creative Vigilance System.
Furthermore, in this matter, it was explained that the Coir Department in the state has been under the scanner of Vigilance for the past few weeks after several allegations were raised against its authorities. As per Prima facie, it was found that the rice being supplied through the public distribution system was not sufficient. The coir workers are bound to take home around 25 kg of free rice. However, they were getting only five kilograms. It seems the remaining amount of ration is getting diverted to the black market. Similarly, our team had made an inquiry about the benefits being availed of by coir workers from the government. All these matters are being checked as it was narrated by Mr Thomas. It was also added that surprise inspections would be carried out at Coir Board and its research institutions in coming days too.