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Officers walk out of civic House,seek repatriation

Allege they have been ‘humiliated’ by councillors.

Allege they have been ‘humiliated’ by councillors

Officials of the Municipal Corporation staged a walkout from the meeting of the general house alleging that they were “humiliated” by the councillors. As many as 23 officials have written a letter to the UT Adviser asking to be repatriated to their parent states. The letter further says that till they are not repatriated,they should be allowed to proceed on leave. The officials including two Additional Commissioners,the Chief Engineer,Superintending Engineers,Executive Engineers and Medical Officer of Health unanimously decided to put in a request for repatriation. The officials wrote that the atmosphere is not conducive to work and the councillors were humiliating them. The officials alleged that the councillors were making allegations against each one of them which was not acceptable. It is not for the first time that officials staged a walkout from the meeting of the House. A similar incident had taken place on August 29 last year when a councillor had termed the officials “nikamme” (useless).

The councillors have decided to give a complaint against the officials for violating service rules and boycotting the meeting while Mayor and Commissioner were present. The officials staged a walkout while discussion was going on about a question raised by councillor Saurabh Joshi pertaining to irregularities in installation of chlorinators in 2009. Joshi delved into a discussion on how the DNIT (detailed notice inviting tender) was changed and the chlorinators installed. He said that the MC officials had given him different replies to the question on different occasions.

As the discussion neared conclusion,councillor Surinder Bahga said that in the last eight months,there has been no action on any issue even when the inquiry is by the Vigilance. Bahga added that the officials of the public health were sleeping in the House even when the discussion was on an issue about their department.

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Municipal Commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh said that he had constituted a committee to inspect whether chlorinators in the tubewells were working or not. The committee comprised of an Additional Commissioner and two Executive Engineers. The councillors objected to this stating that one department will not give report against another department and instead favour each other. The councillors demanded that the inquiry on the allotment of the tenders for chlorinators should be given to the police or any other external agency.

Nominated councillor Dr Amrit Tewari said,“Bureaucracy is our permanent opposition. No work gets done. The bureaucracy is uncooperative. The roads constructed by the Administration are better and those managed by MC have potholes.” Following this comment,the officials walked out. It created a furore in the House with the councillors terming it as an insult. Councillor MP Kohli said that when truth was being said the officials should have replied. It is an insult of the House,he added. Arun Sood moved a resolution that disciplinary action be taken against the officers. The resolution was seconded by all councillors.

In absence of the officials,the House could not function when the councillors gathered after a break. Apart from the Municipal Commissioner no other officer returned to the House. An official stated that the councillors are questioning the integrity of every official and not even sparing the Municipal Commissioners past and present.