Action against officials for holding back files: Minister


GURUGRAM: A day after the chief minister turned down the councillors’ demand to transfer the chief engineer, state urban local bodies minister Kamal Gupta on Friday warned corporation officials of stern action for raising objections on a file multiple times.
At a meeting with the councillors in PWD rest house here on Friday, Gupta minced no words in stating that he will order the immediate suspension of an official who marks objections on a file for the second time after the first objection is cleared. This was after some councillors complained against the chief engineer Thakur Lal Sharma for “deliberately stalling development works” in their wards by marking “objections on their files”.
At the meeting, the councillors alleged that Sharma does not respond to their phone calls and laughs at the “serious matters” raised by them in the House meetings. They also urged that Sharma should not get an extension after his retirement and that MCG gets two chief engineers.
Sharma, however, presented his side at another meeting that the minister held with the officials. Sources told TOI that the chief engineer said that he had called up the mayor after the “ugly spat” between him and the ward 13 councillor Brahm Prakash Yadav, but did not get any support and had to file a police complaint. Gupta, however, asked both the parties to give their version in writing.
Councillors also told Gupta in the meeting that it takes months to prepare estimates even after the work is allotted. Gupta ordered that the estimates of development works should be made in a time-bound manner so that the public doesn’t suffer. The minister also ordered to depute one nodal officer each for 35 wards to assist the councillors in the development works.
“I have submitted a letter to the ULB minister on certain demands of the councillors, which includes a Rs 1 crore grant for each councillor to carry out development works in their respective wards. A tender is floated for every development work and the process is very time-consuming. We also raised the issue of delay in the process of making estimates and failure of MCG to provide one tractor, trolley and earthmover to each ward for better sanitation,” said Rama Rani Rathee, councillor of ward number 34.
Municipal Corporation of Manesar (MCM) commissioner Munish Sharma, who was also present in the meeting, gave the suggestion of providing accommodation to the civic body officials. Other campaigns like saaf city-safe city and parking ki marking were also discussed in the meeting with the officials.
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