The Registering and Licensing Authority,Sector 17,had an unusual visitor on Thursday. He could not be recognised by the staff for an hour-and-a -half,despite having worked with them for a year.
The visitor was Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Parshuram Kavle,who had earlier served as the RLA in-charge. He went to the RLA office to check whether there were touts who helped people get their licenses and registration certificates made without undergoing the requisite tests and verifications.
He also visited the office of the Food Supply Department. He is the additional director of the department that is located in the basement of the RLA office.
Though he served as RLA in-charge for long,he decided to conduct the raids on Thursday,despite receiving several complaints regarding irregularities during his stint.
According to eye witnesses,he reached the office at around 12.30 pm and asked his officer to stand away from him,to avoid being recognised,while he stood at counter number 1.
He asked one of the applicants,who had just completed his test for the learners license,to help him clear the computer test. The applicant expressed his inability saying that he could not help as he was not a tout.
Talking to Chandigarh Newsline,Kavle said,Several applicants had been waiting for the RLO,who was not present. Apart from that,everything else seemed to be working smoothly at the office. Licenses and RCs were being made efficiently, he added.
Later,he visited the food supply department for a meeting and there were separate counters for urban and rural residents. Due to lack of information,several applicants after having stood for hours in the long queues were told that they were standing in the wrong queue.
In order to remove the ambiguity and to save time,he directed that both the counters should aspects applications,irrespective of them being from urban or rural applicants.