Transport minister Madan Mitra has urged the heads of PSUs to keep a tab on the use of public money by corporations,and said drastic action would be taken against transport department employees if they are found in wasting finances of the transport department. Following a meeting with the top officials of five transport PSUs,Mitra said surprise checks would be conducted on all bus routes as part of the departments drive to curb illegal practice of a section of drivers and conductors.
According to reports,conductors and drivers collect fares,which are less than the original fare to allow commuters travel without tickets. During the Left regime,no drastic action was taken to weed out the corrupt elements. We would take drastic action. From tomorrow,checks would be conducted not only by the transport corporation employees,but also by the staff of the department, Mitra said.
Explaining how the financial health of the transport corporation had dwindled during the Left regime,he said,The government has paid an annual subsidy of Rs 600 crore to the corporations,while the departments total budget is around Rs 370 crore. The transport corporations earn about Rs 800-900 crore,but the governments non-plan expenditure for the PSUs stands at Rs 1,100 crore, he said.The minister has also instructed the managing directors and chairmen of the transport corporations to prepare reports on staff strength of their respective corporations.
I have told them to submit a report stating how many recruitment have taken place,which were without the approval of the finance department, he said.