The disagreement between the authorities and the employees of Municipal Corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) has recently surfaced which has brought standstill to some of the major works of the city.
Sources in MCJ have informed that the employees are annoyed by the fact that the officers don’t take their stand in the need of hour.
The departments who have unofficially suspended their work are advertisement department and Teh Bazari branch. It is to be mentioned that these two departments are directly engaged in public dealings and usually have to go the field (area) to take action against the violators.
Employees are claiming they have been ridiculed publicly even though they took the action on the orders of the officials.
Two instances that took place in the recent months have irked the employees who now say that this is a matter of their self respect.
The incident of Sunday shoe market in the Red Cross Society areas which is a famous Sunday market of the city was the first instance the government officer on duty was allegedly humiliated by the crowd.
In the month September this year, a team of Teh Bazari departmentled by Vikrant Verma, superintending engineer of the department went to raid the area outside Red Cross Market Complex that has been illegally encroached by a group of vendors, but the vendors along with local BJP councillor Joginder Singh Tony did not let them do their work.
They sat on dharna and started raising slogans against the municipal corporation. The officials had no option but to return.
After the incident, when Vikrant Verma, Teh Bazari superintendent, MC, along with the other officials approached the municipal commissioner, he assured them that he would look into the matter and take appropriate action but since that incident, no major work has done by the department.
Another case was in the month of October, when the advertisement officials allegedly removed the illegal hoardings of Valmiki community. Bhagwan Valmiki Utsav committee of Jalandhar protested against the advertisement department of Municipal Corporation for removing banners of their religious figure.
They alleged that the advertisement department has adopted ‘pick and choose’ policy and especially targeted the community and they demanded action against the department officials.
Seeing the situation out of control, the authorities in the Municipal Corporation asked the Harpreet Walia to present himself in front of the opposite party. When asked the joint commissioner Rajiv Vermaregarding the same, they totally denied it and said only went to visit to the temple like any other person.
Meanwhile Bhagwan Valmiki Utsav committee chairman SubhashSondi claimed that Harpreet Walia did apologies in front of the community for “disrespecting their sentiments”.
Sources in the MCJ have reported that they have also written letter to GS Khaira municipal commissioner MCJ of their situation and asked for the backing if the situation gets out of control while they are taking action against any violations.
“Though people blame us for not taking action against illegal encroachment or other violations but we are ourselves are powerless. We are forced to take a back step when calls from affluent’ sections are done”, said one of the official of MCJ.