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Babus find extra relief work a stress

Since the Punjab government has “forced” its urgency on the administration to send relief material to Leh,officials are working overtimes to to keep their jobs.

Written by Anju Agnihotri Chaba | Jalandhar | Published: September 11, 2010 4:32:36 am

Since the Punjab government has “forced” its urgency on the administration to send relief material to Leh,officials are working overtimes to to keep their jobs.

For the last one week officials have been arranging trucks and filling them with material. While around 200 trucks have already been sent,another 200 is yet to be sent. But the babus are not happy with this additional job.

A Deputy Commissioner in Doaba region,on the condition of anonymity,revealed he has not even able to concentrate on the administrative work since he was under pressure of arrange for trucks to Leh. “It is a non-administrative which has been thrust on us. The job is not significant,just requires us to take favours from transporters,” he said.

Each district has been given targets to arrange trucks and relief material. On Sunday Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal flagged off 120 trucks of which 25 carried cattle food and 95 of them had fodder.

Another Deputy Commissioner said fodder was being procured for Rs 400 per quintal,which means each truck has fodder worth Rs 10,000. The fare charged by transporters is reportedly around Rs 50,000 per truck.

Officials said a major problem was to convince the transporters to send their trucks to Leh as truckers feel not all trucks would reach Leh. The district transport officers (DTOs) are,however,under pressure to fulfil the targets.

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