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‘Examine ghost employee issue’

delhi Updated: May 13, 2011 00:33 IST
Atul Mathur
Atul Mathur
Hindustan Times
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The Delhi government has called for a proper enquiry into the issue of MCD’s ghost employees after the Delhi High Court pointed out this "catastrophic maladministration" in the civic agency.

In a letter to home minister P Chidambaram, chief minister Sheila Dikshit has asked for the "matter to be examined".

She also wants that "appropriate action be initiated" against the MCD for the fraud that has "led to the loss of hundreds of crores of rupees to the exchequer".

Hearing a writ petition filed by an NGO on the discovery of "ghost employees" in MCD, the high court in its recent order had observed that the civic agency was headed towards a "fiscal disaster".

The court's observation came after the Delhi Police, probing the scam, submitted that there were about 48,000 ghost employees at present in the civic agency, who had caused a loss of almost R500 crore.

Referring to the order, Dikshit said that the observations of the court indicate a serious deterioration of governance in the BJP-controlled MCD.

In a clear reference to top MCD leaders, Dikshit said, "One can safely presume that such large-scale engagement of ghost employees is not possible without the complicity of various levels of administration in the MCD."

The court had been hearing a PIL on the complaint that the MCD paid salaries to over 22,000 gardeners and sweepers who existed as employees only on paper.

The civic body maintains that the issue has been blown out of proportion and that the discrepancy in attendance could be due to the new biometric attendance system.

The court had handed over the probe to the police for a thorough investigation as it had been dissatisfied with the in-house probe report submitted by the MCD.