A severe shortage of municipal staff has left no option to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) but to allow officers, booked under various offences, to continue to work.
Sources said nearly 40 per cent of MCD engineers, against whom the vigilance department has conducted regular departmental action, have been asked by the agency to continue work due to the staff crunch. “The majority of these engineers have been chargesheeted while the rest have been booked by the vigilance department. If we suspend them till the charges are proven, half of the MCD would be empty. Then who will do the work? Till the charges are proven we allow them to work,” said a senior MCD official, requesting anonymity.
According to the civic body, care is taken to ensure that such officers are not given posts such as in the building department where plans are sanctioned for residential and commercial areas. “We try to make sure that officers against whom such probes are being conducted are not given high-powered posts or ones that deal with sensitive information. If we feel that the officer can influence the investigation in any manner, then we suspend them,” the official added.
Two months back, in March, Najafgarh zone deputy commissioner Ashok Kumar was arrested by the anti-corruption branch for demanding Rs 2 crore from a businessman to de-seal two under-construction motels.
The civic agency maintains that if the charges levelled against the officers are grave, the officers are suspended for that period. Once the charges are proved in minor cases the officers are given a warning but in grave cases their promotions are held back.