In the past fortnight, the Punjab irrigation department has decided a number of pending inquiries related to corruption and other irregularities, and taken action against the errant officials, most of them engineers.
It has given forced retirement to executive engineer Balihar Singh Kataria, subdivisional officer (SDO) Taranjit Singh, and ziledar Rajinder Singh; and dismissed SDOs Kulwant Singh and Satpal Singh.
Chief engineers aren't spared either. One has had his full-year increment stopped. CEs Sukhjinder Singh, Jarnail Singh, and RK Goel; superintending engineer Kuldip Singh Bhathal; and executive engineers Gurmel Singh, Satish Kumar Bansal, and Rakesh Anand, who all retired recently, lose 10% pension.
Department secretary Kahan Singh Pannu issued the orders, stating that the other pending inquiries would be completed in a time-bound manner.