The Amritsar municipal corporation authorities on Friday transferred two officials of two of the civic body's revenue earning departments. The transferred employees are associated with the house tax department and the municipal town planning (MTP) wing of the MC.
During a meeting, the MC authorities also directed the revenue earning departments to expedite the process of recovering arrears.
Sources said that while one of the transferred employees was a superintendent with the house tax department, the other was a building inspector with the MTP department. The superintendent has been sent to the water supply department, while the building inspector has been transferred to the civil wing.
Sources said the MC authorities had deputed executive engineers to oversee the collection of revenue of these departments. Municipal commissioner BS Rai said that there was already a proposal to transfer the superintendent of the house tax department as the department is overstaffed. "He has been sent to the water supply department, which has only one superintendent," said Rai.
The municipal commissioner said there were several complaints of irregularities against the building inspector, because of which he had been transferred. He said there was a proposal to depute staff to oversee the work of officials of the revenue earning departments.
Sources said the officials of the municipal town planning department, house tax department, water supply department and the estate and licensing wings of the MC had been directed to recover at least 25% of the arrears this month.
Revealing that the house tax department had been assigned a target of Rs 18 crore, sources said the water supply department was required to collect arrears amounting to Rs 12 crore, the estate department Rs 1.5 crore and the licensing wing of the MC nearly Rs 6 lakh.
Rai said the officials of the departments concerned had been asked to prepare and submit their lists in this regard by Monday. "These departments have been asked to recover at least 25% of their set targets by this month," he added.