The Punjab government has withdrawn the extension in service given to three excise and taxation officers (ETOs) by scrapping their remaining one-year service, citing negligence in duty, their involvement in corrupt practices and doubtful integrity.
Stating this on Monday, an official spokesman said this exercise had been initiated by the excise and taxation department to bring transparency and eliminate corruption.
He said the three ETOs whose extension had been revoked are Shaminder Singh Sidhu, Satpal and Jarnail Ram. He stated that under the new policy of the state government, these officers had got extension of two years in service after superannuating at the age of 58 years and they had completed one year of the extension period. He said as per the preliminary investigation, grave negligence had come to light in inquires conducted against them by the excise department.
The spokesman said Satpal had failed to keep a check on the illegal activities of trading firms, leading to tax evasion, while Jarnail Ram had failed to check corrupt practices at the Harsa-Mansar barrier, where he was in charge of all operations.
During investigation and examination of video recordings, it has come to light that two sewadars deployed at the Harsa-Mansar barrier were taking illegal gratification from vehicle operators. The accused confessed before the investigation officer that they were extorting money at the behest of a senior officer deployed at the barrier. The spokesman stated that under the Punjab Civil Services Rules (punishment and appeals), action had been taken against the erring officers.
The spokesman said grave negligence in duty shown by these officers had witnessed a loss to the public exchequer and action under provisions of the Punjab Civil Service had been taken against the erring officers.