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Jhansi commissioner among 8 suspended

THE STATE Government today placed under suspension Commissioner, Jhansi division Shankar Agarwal and the CDO, Jalaun Bhaskar Upadhyay along with six other officers for their laxity in ensuring timely distribution of cheques under unemployment allowance scheme to the unemployed youth and the Kanya Vidya Dhan Yojana to girls.

india Updated: Aug 27, 2006 01:18 IST

Laxity in distribution of cheques to jobless youths

THE STATE Government today placed under suspension Commissioner, Jhansi division Shankar Agarwal and the CDO, Jalaun Bhaskar Upadhyay along with six other officers for their laxity in ensuring timely distribution of cheques under unemployment allowance scheme to the unemployed youth and the Kanya Vidya Dhan Yojana to girls.

An FIR has been lodged in this connection. Employment Officer, Jalaun, PP Mishra and the Entertainment Tax officer Man Singh Verma have been arrested. The police were raiding various places to arrest Assistant Commissioner (Trade Tax) RP Shukla. Others placed under suspension include two district employment officers.

According to sources action has been ordered on the directives of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav who was in Jalaun today. Besides laying foundation stone of development schemes worth Rs 244 cr there, Chief Minister had also distributed unemployment allowance and Kanya Vidya Dhan Yojana cheques.

As cheques were to be given to 5,000 unemployment youths and 2,500 girls, before leaving the district the Chief Minister asked the officers to ensure proper distribution of cheques. There are reports that the officers left the spot immediately after the departure of the Chief Minister from the district. This led to delay in the distribution of cheques and resentment among the beneficiaries.

As news about the officers’ disappearance from the scene reached the Chief Minister he ordered action against them.