Serious irregularities


Unbelievable it may sound but it is a fact that Government has failed to take action against engineers who have been indicted for serious irregularities in the execution of works by the Town Drainage Division Jammu. Moreover, they are holding the prime posts even after being booked by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for using sub-standard material in the construction of a nullah and conferring undue benefit upon a contractor. In the month of December last year the then Financial Commissioner Housing and Urban Development Department received complaints from different quarters alleging large scale illegalities by the engineers posted in the Town Drainage Division Jammu. Acting on the complaints, the then Financial Commissioner constituted an inquiry committee headed by Director Finance, Housing and Urban Development Department to enquire into the allegations of serious irregularities in execution of different works noticed during the tenure of the then Executive Engineer Town Drainage Division Jammu.The committee after detailed examination of documents relating to works in question submitted its report to the Administrative Secretary of the Housing and Urban Development Department with the mention that codal formalities were completely ignored during the execution of such works, sources disclosed.
Moreover, the committee has submitted that works were got executed even without obtaining approval from the competent authority for reasons best known to the concerned engineers particularly the then Executive Engineer Town Drainage Division Jammu Rajesh Gupta, which amounts to gross irregularities. Even after being indicted by the inquiry committee no action was taken against the accused engineers and one more committee headed by Joint Commissioner Works in Jammu Municipal Corporation was constituted few days back to verify the status and quality of the works on ground, they said while disclosing this committee has yet not started its exercise as such no time-frame can be specified for completion of task. During the pendency of the inquiry by a committee of officers, the then Executive Engineer of Town Drainage Division was transferred by the Government and posted as Executive Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control Division Udhampur, which is considered as an important post. One more engineer was also shifted from the Town Drainage Division to another important post while as another is still continuing there.

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