They were shifted out of sensitive departments to weed out ‘corruption’ but thanks to trifurcation, the possibility of their returning to those very departments is very high. The three new corporations need a sizeable staff for the smooth functioning of their building and the engineering departments.
And due to shortage of staff, this gap will be filled by the ‘tainted’ officials against whom Regular Departmental Action was taken in the past few years.
Currently, there are different kinds of corruption cases against more than 5,200 officials of the unified MCD.
The agency had shifted 164 of its tainted engineers to ‘less sensitive’ departments where there is little public dealing. Sources say there are 1,300 engineers working in the MCD. They say that at least 200 more are needed for its various zonal offices and hence the agency
will have to post some of those 164 officials in the three new corporations.
“Even in the unified MCD, officials facing corruption charges were allowed to work in the same department due to shortage of staff. With trifurcation, this problem will be aggravated,” said a senior official.
The building department is one of the most sensitive departments of the civic agency where public dealing is the highest. This department gets building plans for construction or reconstruction of residential and commercial buildings. It is also responsible for keeping a check on illegal construction.
“Earlier, we could afford to shift these engineers to other departments but with three corporations in place now, we would need extra staff. From where should we hire so many staff? Also, cases are still pending against those officials,” said a senior MCD official.
The agency right now is in the process of recruiting 75 new engineers to tide over the current shortage. “Trifurcation took place in a hurry. Had we been given sufficient time, we would chalked out a plan about the number of employees needed by the three new agencies and would have recruited them in advance,” said Subhash Arya, Leader of the House in the last corporation.