Illegal increments: 11 accounts officers cause Rs 50-lakh loss

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 31, 2015 11:08 IST

Eleven accounts officers of the UT administration, who are supposed to keep a check on the salaries being paid to employees of various departments, are in the dock for enhancing their own salaries since 1996 on “illegal” grounds.

By doing so, the officials have reportedly caused a loss of Rs 50 lakh to the exchequer. Now, UT finance secretary Sarvjit Singh has issued show-cause notices to them, seeking a reply within 15 days.

The matter came to light in September this year, when municipal corporation chief accounts officer (CAO) Uma Shankar Sharma applied for an increment for the third time. After special secretary, finance, Bhawna Garg, found discrepancies, a five-member committee was constituted to probe the matter.

The committee, in its report, stated that the officers had wrongly taken the benefits by misinterpreting the terms and conditions of the pay fixation rules, and they were enhancing their salaries in this manner since 1996. The officials also benefited from increments illegally, causing a huge loss to the exchequer, stated the report.

The committee has recommended that all increments taken by the officials since 1996 be withdrawn immediately.

The other 10 officials are CAOs Mohan Lal Chauhan (GMCH-32), Ashwani Dogra (education department), Jasbir Singh (UT secretariat) and Baldev Singh (CTU), accounts officers Vikram Singh (GMSH-16) and Gulshan Mehta (UT), former section officer Pritam Singh and former accounts officers Balbir Singh, Vijay Kumar (MC) and Rajinder Kumar. Some officials in their reply to the show-cause notices have stated that their pay had been fixed and verified by the UT finance department.

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