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L-G clamps down on corruption, 19 surprise checks in govt depts

Teams inspect Food & Supplies, Education, Health and Transport.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 2, 2014 9:57:23 am
Delhi Secretariat official said more checks were likely in days to come. (Archive) Delhi Secretariat official said more checks were likely in days to come. (Archive)

A series of surprise checks was carried out to clamp down on corruption and illegal activities in public-dealing departments of the Delhi government on Thursday.

This action was initiated on the directions of Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung, officials said. Nineteen teams comprising  IAS and  IPS officers, Anti-Corruption Branch officers and SDMs conducted surprise checks in the Food and Supplies, Education, Health and Transport departments of the Delhi government. Such visits are likely to continue over the next few days, the official said.

“The checks were carried out by joint teams of the departments of Food and Supplies, Consumer Affairs, Weights and  Measures, Transport and Anti-Corruption,” the official said.

Five zonal offices of the Transport department, petrol pumps, fair price shops (FPS) and schools were visited.

The Directorate of Education carried out surprise checks of five schools — Maxfort School, Pitampura; St Lawrence Convent, Geeta Colony; Vivekananda International School, IP Extension; Modern International School, Sector-19, Dwarka; and Moti Ram Memorial Girls Sr Sec School, Dilshad Garden.

“The objective of the inspection was to check any irregularities related to nursery admission. Irregularities in the admission process were found in one-two schools which were not following the circulars issued by the Education department. Besides that, the 25 per cent EWS quota was not filled,” an official said.

The reports are being examined and action will be taken after obtaining comments from schools.

Some  teams also inspected 26 fair price shops, of which 13 were either found closed or diversion of foodgrains was detected. These have been sealed by the teams.   “In five cases where diversion of food grains was detected and records were not properly maintained, FIRs have been lodged,” the official said.

Action will also be taken against violators for irregularities like not opening shop, non-distribution of food grains, non-display of rate list and statutory information.

The Department of Weights and Measures clamped down on petrol pumps indulging in malpractices and cheating consumers by dispensing less fuel.

“Sixteen  petrol pumps were inspected. The department has launched prosecution against 13 petrol pumps under the Legal Metrology Act, 2009,” the official said.

Surprise checks were carried out in five different zonal transport offices at Rohini, Janakpuri/Palam, Surajmal Vihar, Raja Garden and the vehicle inspection unit at Burari. “At two places, the teams found the presence of  touts. At Rohini zonal office, one tout managed to escape. At Surajmal Vihar zonal office, some domestic breeding checkers were found acting as touts,” the official said.

The Health department conducted surprise checks at Bhagirath Place and Naharpur, which are wholesale markets of drugs and medicines. Major violations found in both these markets, the official said.

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