A decision taken by the Board of Directors of Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) has allegedly led to financial losses amounting to several lakhs to the Corporation. This pertained to giving a years extension to employees who were to retire at the age of 58.
CITCO Progressive Workers Union complained to the UT Vigilance Department pertaining to the alleged irregularities. The complaint stated that the Board of Directors accorded approval to the proposal placed before them for implementing the decision of the Punjab government adopted by the Chandigarh Administration to grant extension for the retiring employees of CITCO. It was further stated that the proposal placed before the Board of Directors was based upon false statement leading to anti-CITCO decision. It is stated that the facts were misrepresented by the CITCO management to the Board.
An agenda was placed before the Board of Directors in a meeting held on January 29,2013 stating that the Corporation has been following the pay scales and other service conditions of the service in respect of its employees on pattern being followed by the Chandigarh Administration dated November 24,1992.
The complaint added that the in a meeting held in 1992,the Board of Directors approved to adopt only the pay and allowances on pattern of Punjab government adopted by Chandigarh Administration. However,the service conditions were not approved for CITCO and thus the age of retirement was fixed at 58 years only for A to D category employees. The complaint states that the fraud came to light when CITCO management filed reply before the Assistant Labour Commissioner in June 2013 admitting that the Board of Directors of CITCO did not approve adoption of service condition of employees of Punjab or Chandigarh Administration.
The Board in a meeting held on August this year cancelled the decision to grant extension. The CITCO union,however,states that the extension given caused losses amounting to around Rs 50 lakh to the Corporation. Apart from the Vigilance,complaint has been given to the Home Secretary as well as senior officials of CITCO.