‘Irregularities’ in Transport Dept: Fed up with corruption complaints, CM ‘takes over’, seeks overhaulhttps://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/irregularities-in-transport-dept-fed-up-with-corruption-complaints-cm-takes-over-seeks-overhaul/

‘Irregularities’ in Transport Dept: Fed up with corruption complaints, CM ‘takes over’, seeks overhaul

Kejriwal has started looking into the functioning of the department, whose officials are often accused of asking for bribes while issuing driving licences, as well as registration and fitness certificates, said sources.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

After receiving several complaints about alleged corruption in the transport department, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has decided to step in to resolve the issue, said government sources. They added that some department officials were likely to be transferred or removed.

Kejriwal has started looking into the functioning of the department, whose officials are often accused of asking for bribes while issuing driving licences, as well as registration and fitness certificates, said sources.

“In the wake of many corruption-related complaints, many motor licencing officers (MLOs) and officials will be either removed or transferred from the department. It was recently revealed that the public was most dissatisfied with the functioning of the transport department. That is when the chief minister decided to focus on it,” said sources.

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Among the reform measures proposed by the chief minister’s office (CMO) is privatising the process of issuing driving licences. “The government is thinking of privatising the process, so that middlemen and touts are completely removed from the process. It will also make it easier to track officials who ask for bribes to issue licences. Often, licences are issued without the drivers even taking the test,” added the source.

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The CMO reportedly also found widespread corruption in the issuance of fitness certificates for vehicles. “It has been found that in a single day, some officials issued as many as 500-odd fitness certificates. That is an impossible figure. The government is looking into the whole process,” said a government source.

The Delhi government is also thinking of reverting to the earlier system of issuing registration certificates for vehicles, said sources. “Earlier, the registration certificates were issued from whichever place the vehicle was bought from. Now, the transport department issues it. The government may revive the old system to minimise chances of corruption,” they said.

The chief minister will also supervise the proposed reforms in the department, especially the ones that involve interactions with the public, said sources. To make the transport department’s services user-friendly, many of them will be available online soon, they added.