Two months after the municipal commissioner K S Mehra acknowledged that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) had been paying salaries to employees who do not exist, both the ruling BJP and opposition Congress in the MCD asserted that the disclosure had been made in haste and was incorrect.
Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) leader of opposition Jai Kishan Sharma said on Friday that the disclosure of the “scandal of ghost employees”, made by Mehra after a head count of employees for the new biometric attendance system in Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on November 25 last year, was “completely baseless”.
He said it had only resulted in maligning the reputation of the Corporation and achieved no other purpose.
“All employees are reporting to duty and all work is being accounted for,” said Sharma.
“The announcement that a ghost employee scam has been unearthed was made by officials in much haste and without getting the full picture,” he added.
“It gave the corporation a bad reputation in the state administration and even the Home Ministry,” said Sharma.
“Now, the administration and the ruling party must not absolve itself of the responsibility for the goof-up,” he added.
BJP leader and MCD’s standing committee chairperson R K Singhal said he agreed with Sharma that the ‘scam’ was admitted to in ‘haste’.
“I can say with full emphasis that the number of missing employees, if any, can’t be that high. It was all a result of some confusion,” added Sharma.
An enquiry was also initiated in the matter and Deputy Commissioners of all 12 zones were asked to fill up a ‘form’ provided by the MCD.
The form included members to furnish details such as the total number of employees, their tenure, their work in their respective zones and so on.
The report of all zones has now been submitted to the commissioner and is being studied by Mehra and some other officials.