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‘Freebies’ at CITCO Hotels :Dev sought list of officials misusing powers to indulge friends, relatives

“I was told that officials are misusing the hotels for obliging their friends and relative. It’s a serious issue considering the fact the hotel Mountivew is running in losses."

Written by Vinod Kumar | Chandigarh | Published: March 10, 2016 5:05 am
HOTEL759 The city’s first five-star hotel, Mountview, has been running up losses for the past few years

ON HIS last day in office as UT Adviser, Vijay Dev asked for names of officials allegedly misusing their positions for obliging their friends and relatives at Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) hotels – Mountview, Shivalikview and Parkview.

Recently, five employees of the corporation were suspended on charges of eating at Hotel Mountview as they were not ‘authorised’ to do this. A delegation of CITCO Progressive Workers’ Union on Wednesday met the UT adviser and demanded that all the five staff members should be reinstated. The members of the delegation also leveled allegations against the UT officials over “free wining and dining at the hotels.”

Talking to Chandigarh Newsline, Dev termed it a serious issue. “I was told that officials are misusing the hotels for obliging their friends and relative. It’s a serious issue considering the fact the hotel Mountivew is running in losses,” he said. Adviser further added: “ I have asked them to give names and they will be put under vigil. Strict action will be taken against those found indulging in this malpractice .”

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Balbir Singh Punni, general secretary of the union, confirmed to have taken up the issue verbally with the adviser and said that they will submit the required details shortly.

The misuse is rampant despite officials entitled to 50 per cent discount on dining in hotels and lodging. The corporation has been witnessing fall in revenue in past few years. The city’s first five-star hotel, Mountview, has been running up losses for the past few years. The hotel incurred a loss of Rs 98.35 lakh between April 2015 and December 31. Similarly, other units have been incurring losses.

Misuse of no charge

Balbir Singh Punni, general secretary of the union, confirmed that he had have taken up the issue verbally with officials and said the required details would be submitted.

KOT common

According to sources, misuse of no charge kitchen order ticket (KOT) is common in CITCO hotels. No charge KOT are meant only for promotion activities and are allegedly misused by officials. In general practice, all the orders are first placed on KOT and based on the document, the final bill is raised.

Inquiry ordered

The UT adviser has marked an inquiry to UT home secretary and CITCO chairman Anurag Agarwal to probe the matter of suspension of the five employees. Last week, managing director Kavita Singh had pulled up officials and showed them footage of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in which staff members of hotels were caught behaving in an ‘indisciplined’ manner. In the footage, staff members were seen eating food in restaurants, taking up places meant
for guests.

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