In a glaring example of the municipal corporation’s casual manner of functioning, it has now emerged that 256 people ostensibly transferred from the UT administration to the civic body in 1996 were in fact nonexistent “ghost” employees who were even paid Rs 25 lakh as salary arrears. The employees had been assigned to work on muster rolls in various engineering departments of the administration and were paid daily wages.
The matter came to light only after the civic body’s audit department wrote to MC commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh, asking him to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter. “It appears lakhs of rupees were embezzled in the process, which necessitates disciplinary action against the MC officials involved”, the letter written to the commissioner reads.
However, when contacted, Singh said: “I’ve asked the UT administration to hold a joint inquiry into the matter as these employees had been working for the UT administration for a long period. It’s now apparent these people never joined the MC and were actually ghost employees. The administration must be having their records. The question now arises as to how they withdrew the money, and the matter will be clear only after the investigation is completed”.