In the run up to the Delhi Assembly elections, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday conducted surprise checks at a police station, a hospital and the office of the North Municipal Corporation. After the checks, one civic official was suspended and another was given marching orders.
During his visit to the North Municipal Corporation’s city zone office on Asaf Ali Marg, deputy commissioner Hemendra Kumar was missing and the office was found dirty.
While the deputy commissioner arrived late, the Home Minister expressed his displeasure over lack of cleanliness in the office and the employees’ “lack of interest” in keeping documents in order. The minister also directed the DC to take urgent steps for cleanliness, remove unused articles such as computers and improve facilities and services.
“Today, I realised why people are unhappy with the MCD,” Singh later told Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung who was accompanying him.
Following his visit, Kumar was relieved of his responsibility with immediate effect and repatriated to Indian Railway Traffic service. The civic body also suspended sanitation superintendent Mohan Singh, a corporation official said.
The Home Minister also conducted surprise checks at various public places, including a hospital, a police station and a railway station to take stock of cleanliness and other problems faced by people.
Accompanied by Jung and Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi, Singh visited a public toilet at New Delhi railway station to check cleanliness.
He stopped at the Shivaji Stadium bus stop to inquire about passengers’ convenience and frequency of buses.
Another stop was made at Paharganj police station where Singh tried to get a first-hand knowledge about complaints and check cleanliness in lockups. At Paharganj police station, he pulled up the officials after he found CCTV cameras on the premises not functioning.