Going by the number of complaints and inquiries completed by the vigilance department of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) in a year,the corporation seems to be overburdened with complaints against its manpower.
Till April 1,2012,as many as 906 complaints were received by the AMCs vigilance department. Out of these,521 have been completed so far and remaining 385 complaints are still pending with the department.
Talking about the final outcome of these complaints as decided by the vigilance department,410 have not been proved while only 45 were proved and 66 were transferred to the concerned departments for further actions.
Out of 906 complaints pertaining to the AMC employees right from the lowest in the hierarchy (Grade D) till the senior officials,even including deputy municipal commissioners,almost 80-90 per cent were against corruption and inefficiency in duty. Also,90 per cent of the complaints were received from general public and remaining from the employees themselves against their colleagues or juniors and at times even seniors, said a senior official at the vigilance department.
When contacted the AMC Municipal Commissioner Gurudas Mohapatra said,The vigilance department has been quite active in dealing with the complaints.
The department does not entertain anonymous complaints until these are marked by the office of deputy municipal commissioner or the municipal commissioner, he added.
As per sources,corruption complaints against four deputy commissioners were also received,though these could not be proved. The vigilance department either receives complaints directly from public or its own staff or these complaints are directed from the senior most officials. For further probe against the concerned employee,the vigilance department seek permission from the concerned deputy commissioner.
The complaints once proved are directed to the industrial relation department where further course of action is taken in the form of chargesheets that are being prepared against the accused.