IF you have Rs 20,00,000 in cash and a Godfather in Mantralaya you can continue your job in Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Maharashtra even if your experience certificate is a fake. A Right to Information (RTI) reply revealed that nine drug inspector’s (DI) submitted fake experience certificates while three drug inspectors didn’t have minimum required experience. Fearing action, three of them resigned and one was terminated. but eight are brazenly still continuing to work with the department.
On December 14, 2017, Dr Ved Tiwari obtained information through RTI (copy with ABI) about fake experience certificate issue. According to RTI, in 2011, Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) had recommended 34 candidates for post of Drug Inspector. On January 9, 2012 FDA commissioner Mahesh Zagade had submitted secret inquiry report about their experience certificates to Medical Education secretary. An inquiry committee was formed headed by joint commissioner (Headquarter) P R Uttarwar. S S Kale (assistant commissioner, IB), D R Gahane (assistant commissioner, headquarter) and G S Dekate (chief administrative officer) were the members.
As per verification report (copy with ABI) one of the DI’s name was mentioned twice so committee investigated about 33 candidates. Six drug inspector’s (Satish Polshettiwar, Manish Gotmare, Sachin Kamble, Vijay Nangre, Rohit Rathod and Sujit Phadke) certificates were not examined as they have submitted experience certificate from foreign based companies.
Seven drug inspector’s certificates were found to be fake/doubtful. They are Nitin Aher, Varsha Chaudhari, Mahesh Deshpande, Nitin Deore, Pramod Radke, Jeevan Jadhav and Ravindra Salunkhe. Pramod Radke and Ravindra Salunkhe later resigned from service fearing action as their experience certificates were found fake.
As per inquiry case report:
1- Nitin Aher is currently posted in FDA headquarter, BKC, Mumbai has submitted experience certificate of Cipla, Mumbai (May 28, 2001- January 17, 2008). But Cipla has not issued any such certificate to him. Ex-Congress minister from Ahmednagar is his godfather. Despite being proved that he used a fake certificate he still works with FDA.
2- Varsha Chaudhari, posted in Pune has submitted her experience certificate of M/S Maxheal Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd, Nasik (September 1, 2002-December 10, 2003) and M/S Ajantha Pharma Ltd, Aurangabad (July 21, 2004 – July 6, 2006). However, Ajantha Pharma denied issuing any certificate to her.
3- Mahesh Deshpande is currenly posted in FDA headquarter, BKC, Mumbai. He had submitted eight company’s experience certificates including M/S Cipla, Mumbai, M/S Dhananjay Pharma Pvt Ltd.Raigad ,M/S Copran Ltd.Raigad, M/S Aristo Pharma. Pvt. Ltd. Andheri, M/S Markson Pharma, Goa, M/S Indico Remedies Ltd. Himachal Pradesh, M/S Windless Healthcare, Uttarakhand, M/S Sidmack Laboratories Pvt. Ltd.Uttarakhand. Shockingly, all these certificates were found to be fake. Further, ACB arrested him last year while he was posted in Pune. He was suspended for a period of one year.
4- Jeevan Jadhav is currently posted in Nashik and has submitted four company’s experience certificate including of M/S Cipla Ltd, Goa (May 25, 2005- October 10, 2007). But Cipla’s certificate found fake. Committee recommended action against him on government level.
5- Rakesh Idelwar, posted in Thane has submitted M/S H Jules and Co. Ltd, Nagpur’s experience certificate (April 7, 2003- November 17, 2006). His experience is also less than required. More importantly, committee recommended dismissal for him as he has cheated the MPSC and Government.
6- Ajay Mahule posted in Yavatmal has submitted M/S Parsh Pharmaceuticals Ujjan, Madhya Pradesh based company’s (December 5, 1998- March 15, 2004) certificate which was found to be fake. Parsh Company was formed in 2005. Committee recommended action on government level but Mahule has been awarded permanent position in 2017.
7- Nitin Deore, the former assistant commissioner (drugs) at Aurangabad, terminated by FDA commissioner Mahesh Zagade on August 20, 2017. Deore’s claims to have worked between July 1, 1996 to July 9, 2001, at Crosland Research Laboratory. An inquiry report found company was shut down in 1998.
8- Rupesh Vatkar had submitted Cipla, Goa Company’s experience certificate which was later found to be fake. FDA made inquiries with Cipla and found that he had never worked there. FDA filed FIR for cheating and forgery against Vatkar at the Kherwadi police station on November 23, 2017.
“As it was proved in 2012 only that these officers have submitted fake experience certificates, they should have been sacked immediately. It is absolutely shocking is to see those who did not have any political backing have not only been terminated but also got prosecuted. Rest are enjoying their positions hand in glove with mantralaya babu’s,” said Ved Tiwari.
Three drug inspector’s -Manish Jagtap, Manoj Ayya and Satish Chavan- did not have minimum required experience.
1- Manish Jagtap had submitted Experience Certificates of M/S Leben Laboratories Pvt Ltd, Akola and M/S JB Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Mumbai (September 1, 2006- August 14, 2008). But fearing action he did not join the service.
2- Manoj Ayya currently posted in Aurangabad has submitted Experience Certificates of M/S Samruddha Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Mumbai (July 1, 2002 – January 3, 2003) and M/S Sanjivani Parenteral Ltd, Mumbai (September 26, 2005 – January 2, 2008).
3- Satish Chavan posted in Nagpur had submitted Experience Certificates of M/S Universal Medicaments Pvt Ltd, Nagpur (May 20, 1999- July 19, 1999) and M/S Laxchem Organics Pvt Ltd, Amravati (August 2, 1999- December 31, 2002). An inquiry committee found these three gentlemen have less experience than required.