At a time when the revenue of Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) is plunging, the corporation has failed to take corrective steps by conducting efficiency audit of its employees as directed by the UT administrator more than two years back.
Unhappy with the falling revenue of the corporation in both industrial and tourism sectors, the then UT Administrator Shivraj Patil, in July 2013, had directed the management to conduct efficiency audit with an aim to identify non-performing employees, who were to be weeded out, irrespective of their designations and seniority. The exercise of conducted the audit did not go beyond formation of a committee, which met just once in January 2014.
With the management looking the other way, despite a steep fall in revenue in the last few years, no official has ever been held accountable for the falling profits. Under-qualified staff holding important positions and wrong deployments are termed as some of the main reasons for poor performance of the corporation in recent years.
According to officials, around four managers holding important posts such as manager personnel and administration (P&A), manager central purchases, manager industrial wing are not even graduates.
In many cases, posting of employees have not been done as per their qualifications. Staffers holding degree in law have been deployed in hotels instead of legal cells. At present, the corporation is facing over 100 court cases. A manager holding a degree in hotel management has been assigned the task of public relations while a manager holding an MBA degree in human resource has been deployed at sale depot.
Around a dozen employees have been charge-sheeted for irregularities in purchase and laundry. Terming efficiency audit a must, UT Home Secretary-cum-Chairman of CITCO, Anurag Agarwal, said that there should be no place for dead woods. “I will ask CITCO MD to conduct the audit at the earliest,” said Agarwal.
When contacted, CITCO MD Kavita Singh, who took over as MD in October 2014, said that she was not aware of the order passed by the then administrator in 2013, but said that they are in the process of conducting an audit on their own. “Methodology to be used in the audit has to be scientific and we are working towards framing the guidelines,” said Kavita Singh.
There are around 1,000 employees working in different units of CTICO, while a workforce of around 600 has been hired on contract basis through service providers. The corporation has to generate funds to meet all its expenditures. CITCO receives no financial assistance from the Chandigarh Administration. A major part of gross profit is going towards meeting salary expenditure.
As per the performance report for the period of April to December 31, 2015, over 65 per cent of gross profit was utilised for paying remunerations. The corporation registered a gross profit of Rs 53.14 crore, while Rs 34.96 crore went towards paying wages.