In the past seven years, 126 civic employees have been suspended on corruption charges. More than 25% of them were caught taking money to regularise illegal structures.
A report submitted to the civic standing committee by the civic general administration department said 37-odd employees were trapped while taking bribes to regularise such structures.
Out of the 126, employees, 75 are facing suspension while 12 have resumed work after being declared innocent before the court. According to a report by the anti-corruption bureau (ACB), published in 2008, the police department and the BMC are the two most corrupt agencies in the city.
For instance, a clerk from the education department, Nana Shankar Loke, was suspended for misappropriation of Rs23,000 from the July 26, 2005, deluge relief fund. He was suspended in March 2006. The ACB is still investigating the case.
Interestingly, the civic body pays a suspended employee 75% of his/her salary.
Congress corporator Rajendraprasad Chaube said: “The civic body should not pay the suspended employees for sitting at home. Either make them work, or suspend them without pay.”
Rajendra Wale, deputy municipal commissioner, general administration, was not available for the comment.