Engineers of Haryana power utilities staged a meeting in front of the superintending engineer's office here on Friday to protest against the move to file charges against some of their colleagues who were allegedly involved in financial irregularities relating to the pillar box scheme. They accused the board of directors of the department concerned playing a role in the scam.
The meeting was attended by all engineers of the Kurukshetra zone and addressed by Ranbir Deshwal, general secretary of the Haryana Power Engineers Association. Holding the top bosses responsible for the irregularities committed, he said officials worked according to the instructions they had received from the managing director's office. He alleged the directors had raised the superintending engineer's financial powers from Rs. 2 crore to Rs. 5 crore for speedier
implementation of the pillar box scheme in the Faridabad circle.
"Instead of placing orders after floating an open tender the management gave them to a few selected firms. The clauses on inspection of materials at a company's premises and payment after 30 days of receipt of materials were relaxed by the board of directors to favour the firms," he claimed.
The association has alleged an inquiry into the affair was conducted only to cover up the "misdeeds" of the top management. "It was a procedural lapse on the part of the engineers involved, who were under pressure from the directors and none of the engineers were involved in any financial irregularities," it added.
Those attending today's meeting demanded the decision to file FIRs against engineers should be reviewed and an investigation into the matter should be conducted by an independent agency.
Deshwal said though the association has taken up the matter with top state government officials it had not received any positive response. He said protest meetings would be held at all circle offices in the state. "In case no response was received by Saturday the protests would be intensified, which might lead to disruption of power supply," he warned.