Call it an act of favouritism or dawdling approach of the authorities of Himachal Electricity Board Limited (HEBL) in implementing the government's order-transferring the two tainted officers posted in Baddi - Barotiwala- Nalagarh (BBN) industrial belt- has now started inviting criticism by the political parties and trade unions.
The officers, currently posted as sub-divisional officers in electrical system wing at the BBN area, were transferred by the government a couple of month ago, after their names were found on the list of officers with doubtful integrity (ODI). These officers are facing corruption, financial bungling or other related charges.
Sources of HEBL said a total of 16 officers were included on the ODI list, out of which, three officers were posted in the industrial belt. Since, the Virbhadra Singh government had made the poll promises of providing clean and transparent administration by wiping out corruption; the two officers were transferred as the industrial belt remained under vigilance surveillance.
The sources added that out of the three, one officer was transferred, whereas the other two orders were left unattended, leaving many questions unanswered.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party vice-president Baljeet Singh and secretary Krishan Kaushal (Doon constituency) have accused the government of shielding the corrupt officials and urged them to order a high-level probe into the matter. The leaders said the non-implementation of government's order showed that certain senior officials of the board are working against the government's agenda of wiping out corruption.
Echoing similar views, president of Hind Mazdoor Sabha Mela Ram Chandel said, “It seems that the government is practising one thing and professing another thing over the issue of eliminating corruption in government offices.”
He said since both the officers were facing corruption and related charges, the duo should be transferred from industrial belt in larger public interest.
However, the managing director of the board was not available for comment.