A special commissioner-rank DANICS official, posted with the transport department, has accused Transport Minister Satyendar Jain of “misbehaving” with him.
Indu Shekhar Mishra, a 1993 batch DANICS officer, met Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung Tuesday and submitted a written complaint against Jain. Mishra claimed that Jain had abused him verbally and was “trying to frame him”.
Despite repeated calls and messages, Jain remained unavailable for comment.
Citing an alleged incident on July 25, Mishra said, “… When I entered the room of the honorable minister and greeted him, he simply asked me why I did not turn up (for a meeting) on Friday. When I tried to explain the facts, he said ‘yeh sab jhoot bolta hain aur koi kaam nahi karta’…he shouted at me, saying ‘tum badtameezee kar rahe ho, nikal jao mere kamre se badtameez kahika’ (you are misbehaving, get out of my room, you ill-behaved person).”
He claimed the minister told him ‘naukri karna sikha dunga’ (I will teach you how to do your job).”
Mishra claimed that Jain was unhappy with him because he had brought up the issue of long working hours of staff at the regional transport offices (RTOs).
As per the new transport policy, RTOs have to be open seven days in a week and 12 hours every day. As many as 56 drivers of DTC buses, who have been tasked to assist motor licensing officers, now have to work four hours more daily than the mandated eight hours. “Due to my remarks on the file… the honorable minister of transport was not happy,” wrote Mishra.
He said Jain, in an order Monday, had stripped him of charges of ‘administration’, ‘pollution control’ and ‘vigilance’ and asked him to oversee ‘enforcement’.
Mishra said he feared being “intentionally targeted” on charges of inefficiency and poor supervision, if an overloaded vehicle was seized or staff of Enforcement Branch were caught taking bribes.
The officer went on leave Tuesday, saying “I cannot work in an environment where matters are dealt with, not accordingly to rules but on whims and fancy. The whole episode has made me depressed…”