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UT gets three months to file action-taken report against staff

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 13, 2014
First Published: 14:33 IST(13/8/2014) | Last Updated: 15:32 IST(13/8/2014)

Taking strict note of the lackadaisical attitude of the employees of UT administration whose callousness resulted in delay in implementation of its orders, the state consumer disputes redressal commission has given UT three months to file a report on action taken against its three chargesheeted employees.

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Through the same order, the consumer commission on August 8  set aside orders of consumer forum passed last month, awarding three-month jail to Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) secretary Mandeep Kaur and CEO Rodney L Ralte for non-compliance of order directing to convert the leasehold property of a Sector-45 resident, Raj Kumar, to freehold.

Challenging the order of conviction, CHB’s counsel Gagandeep Singh Wasu submitted before the commission that there was “no mala fide intention or willful defiance” of the order passed in January 2013, adding that three employees responsible for delaying the file resulting in delay in compliance of the directives had been chargesheeted. Submitting that the directives of consumer forum had been duly complied with, Wasu submitted before the commission, “UT administration and CHB have swung into action for dealing with the delinquents, who apparently indulged into red-tapeism, leading to the non-compliance of the order.”

CHB submitted, “Charge-sheets proposing to impose major penalty have already been served by UT and CHB on JP Singh, assistant controller (finance and accounts); Rajesh Kumar Sharma, section officer of the finance department, who was on deputation to CHB; and Veena Rani, assistant, CHB, for causing delay in putting up the relevant file, resulting in non-compliance of the orders passed by this commission.”

Considering the submissions, the consumer commission, ruled, “Non-bailable warrants issued against Rodney L Ralte and Mandeep Kaur are ordered to be recalled back unexecuted, immediately. The finance secretary, Chandigarh, and the chairman, CHB, will submit the final action taken report, against JP Singh, Rajesh Kumar Sharma and Veena Rani within three months.”

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