In a major shake-up by the new vice-chairperson of the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA), 73 personnel, including clerks and junior engineers, were shunted out in large-scale interdepartmental transfers. Those transferred had been occupying the same post for five to six years and were never transferred.
Those transferred include 47 employees working at the clerical level in the enforcement wing and the master plan department. A total of 26 junior engineers, who “do not have a good reputation”, were also posted to other departments.
“These personnel enjoyed postings in the same department for five to six years and were never posted elsewhere. Some have allegations of corruption, FIRs and even pending complaints by public against them. They also include those against whom departmental postings were initiated. We are now going to ensure that the pending inquiries are concluded and the status of FIRs is also produced before us,” said Kanchan Verma, vice-chairperson, GDA.
“We have also prepared a list of personnel who remained in a single development authority and in the same zone (Meerut zone having Meerut, Ghaziabad and Hapur-Pilkhuwa development authorities) for over 10 years. In between, they were transferred elsewhere for five to six months but returned to the zone. This will not be termed as a break in posting. The list is being sent to state officials and such personnel will be sent elsewhere,” she added.
“As a policy matter, those working in the property section will not be allowed to work in the same section again. A new set of personnel are now deputed there. Of the 47 (employees transferred), nine don’t enjoy a good reputation as far as their work is concerned. A majority of the 26 junior engineers shifted were from the enforcement and the master plan departments and had been occupying the same posts for years now,” said a senior official.
“Those shifted majorly include those with allegations of corruption against them,” he added.
The enforcement wing, property section and the master plan department are considered ‘lucrative’ as the personnel deal with the public, developers and are also responsible for taking action against illegal activities.
According to sources in the authority, the ‘clean-up’ job will help the authority get rid of corrupt practices, serve the public better and break the monopoly enjoyed by the officials for years.
Earlier, in the first week of April, the state administration had also sought details of properties and assets of government employees across the state to ensure that employees adhere to the provisions of the Uttar Pradesh Government Servants Conduct Rules, 1956. The authority has already furnished the details to the state officials for all its employees.