CHB secy’s efforts to make staff accountable not well received

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jan 01, 2016 12:56 IST
Chandigarh Housing Board (HT FILE PHOTO)

Nearly a month after joining as secretary of Chandigarh Housing Board, Adapa Karthik has cracked the whip on the employees, leading to resentment.

In the past one month, Karthik has issued 111 showcause notices to employees of different categories for not submitting annual property returns.

He has also sought explanations from six group employees under ‘A’ category (sub-divisional engineers and executive engineers), besides recommending chargesheet against five officers of ‘A’ category (accounts officers, senior assistants and administrative officers).

Karthik, who joined CHB on November 20, have sought explanations for procedural lapses, while chargesheets have been recommended against staffers for not complying with court orders and for sitting on files for months.

A senior officer of CHB on the condition of anonymity said there was strong resentment among the employees against Karthik over his style of working.

He allegedly even threatened a couple of officers of stopping their salaries. “We have already brought the issue to the notice of higher authorities,” the official said.

But, board chairman Maninder Singh said measures were taken to streamline the functioning and everything had been done as per the norms.

“The aim of the board is to deliver to the common people and clear the pendency,” he said.

Last month, Karthik had turned down the ‘demand’ of chief executive officer SB Deepak Kumar for a specific smartphone worth Rs50,000 from the board. Kartik had said there was no policy to provide electronic gadgets to the board officers.

It is learnt, SB Deepak Kumar has already bought a high-end phone worth Rs50,000 from CHB funds and had asked officers concerned to frame a policy to allow gadgets to officers at the board’s expense.

Even after repeated calls and messages on his mobile phone, Adapa Karthik could not be contacted.

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