Suspended Vadodara talati reinstated,‘job was given on compassionate grounds’

One of the five talaties who were suspended summarily by Deputy District Development Officer of Vadodara has been reinstated after it was found that he was given job on compassionate grounds,Vadodara district authorities said on Wednesday.

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara | Published:February 16, 2012 7:18 am

One of the five talaties who were suspended summarily by Deputy District Development Officer (DyDDO) of Vadodara has been reinstated after it was found that he was given job on compassionate grounds,Vadodara district authorities said on Wednesday.

Kanu Harijan,talati of Mithibor village in Chhota Udepur taluka was made a talati in 2004 after his mother,who was working as a sweeper in a government hospital in Dabhoi,died during service.

“According to rules,he (Harijan) cannot be put on suspension so we cancelled his suspension order on Monday,” DyDDO BN Bhabhor said.

Harijan,42,and four other talaties of the district were suspended summarily on February 7 after “they failed to complete their allotted work of Indira Awas Yojana (IAY)” in their respective regions.

Indira Awas Yojana is a Central government’s housing scheme for rural poor.

Harijan was given the target of opening 393 accounts of IAY beneficiaries in 11 villages under his charge but he could manage only 251 of them till January this year.

After a review meeting early this month,director of Vadodara District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) filed a report stating that the talaties had failed to complete the assigned work. Acting on the report,the DyDDO suspended the talaties even without serving them a show-cause notices or charge-sheets.

However,defending his action,Bhabhor said,”Suspension is not a punishment. They can go to DDO against the order.” He added that the suspended talaties have been given oral instructions to complete their work and they would be reinstated.

The talaties complained that they could not achieve their targets since beneficiaries,most of them tribal,migrate to Saurashtra region in search of work.

They also said that bank officials were also responsible for the delay in opening accounts as they refused to accept documents showing different names of same beneficiaries.

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