CUTTACK: The Justice MM Das Commission of Enquiry into the chit fund scam on Wednesday issued notice to the State Government over continuing menace of unauthorised collection of public deposits and illegal money circulation business despite the ban and crackdown on such activities in Odisha.
Turning an application filed by advocate Pravat Ranjan Dash into a petition, the Commission has asked the Government to file its reply within December 20, the next date of it sitting.
Das had filed the application seeking widening of the scope of the Enquiry to cover the entire gamut of illegal public money collection and circulation in the State.
Around 47 companies like Artha Tatwa and Seashore are under the scanner of CBI and Crime Branch. But there are numerous other illegal outfits that are continuing to dupe people through dubious deposit and money circulation schemes. Despite the crackdown on chit fund and related activities, the menace has not come down.
He prayed for directions to the Government to identify all such illegal companies and outfits and take action against them. The Government should also host a toll-free number to enable public to lodge complaints or provide information on such activities or companies in the State.
Dash also offered to assist the Commission in its enquiry.