Newly elected MLA Pankaj Singh said chief minister (CM) Yogi Adityanath has assured him of taking policy decisions to end the alleged rampant corruption in Noida authority. Singh made the announcement after meeting the chief minister in Lucknow on Friday. He also said the CM has assured him of taking measures to improve healthcare facilities in the area.
“If all permanent employees of the Noida authority are made eligible for transfer from one city to another, it would play a big role in reducing corruption. I put forth this suggestion after many residents complained of deep-rooted corruption in the Noida authority. The CM agreed to make the policy changes to enable transfers,” said Singh.
There are 1,583 permanent employees with Noida authority but the state government doesn’t decide their transfers. It only has a say in the transfer of three provincial civil service officials and three public civil service officials. The state government can only transfer engineers or lower rung officials working on deputation in the Noida authority.
“The permanent staff, particularly engineers, have created a nexus because they have been working in the authority for years. However, after the policy change, the government will be able to transfer them, which will reduce corruption. The state government will bring out these changes soon,” said Singh.
In an election rally in Ghaziabad earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said he will order a CAG audit of all development authorities in the state to check alleged corrupt practices.
Apart from the Noida authority issue, the Singh said he also demanded that the Sector 30 building meant for a paediatric institute be developed on the lines of Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
“Noida needs better healthcare for the poor and the middle class. The CM has agreed to develop the facility on the lines of AIIMS. The building is already there. We will expand it and get the approvals necessary from the state and Central health departments. It will also reduce the pressure on AIIMS and will cater to western UP areas,” the MLA said.
“We are working to fulfil the promises in the election manifesto. We will work to form a vigilance body in Noida and also take other steps to ensure that residents do not suffer to get their work done,” he added.
The first-time MLA has also directed the Gautam Budh Nagar district administration to call a meeting of the Noida authority and the traffic department to streamline traffic management.