KEONICS on radar, Siddaramaiah govt to probe 'irregularities'

KEONICS is a state-owned corporation responsible for promoting electronics and IT industries in Karnataka.

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The current Karnataka government, led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has constituted an inquiry committee to probe "irregularities" in the Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd (KEONICS) during the previous BJP government in the state, said Minister Priyank Kharge.

"Karnataka government has constituted an inquiry committee headed by retired IAS officer to probe irregularities in the Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd," Priyank Kharge posted on X on Sunday.

Kharge also alleged that previous government procured IT peripherals at escalated costs ranging from 38% to 1577%. When it came to procurement, "BJP was 400% Sarkara, not #40PercentSarkara". He also accused the previous government, from 2018 to 2023, was led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was heavily relying on religious issues to divert public attention from its misdeeds.

Retired IAS officer SD Meena, who will be heading the inquiry committee has been asked to submit the report within six months.

What will inquiry committee do?

According to the information, the inquiry committee was formed in October 2023 to investigate alleged "irregularities" in KEONICS during the previous BJP government's tenure. The committee will probe 45 audit objections raised by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) for the financial years 2018-19 and 2022-23. The committee's investigation is ongoing and its findings are yet to be released.