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Ghaziabad DM stops salary of 11 top officials over public complaints

delhi Updated: Nov 30, 2016 23:25 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
ghaziabad DM,Nidhi Kesarwani
Nidhi Kesarwani, district magistrate, Ghaziabad.

The Ghaziabad district magistrate (DM) has ordered holding of November salary of 11 top district officials on alleged laxity shown in redressal of public complaints. The DM has said that the salaries would be released once the pending public complaints are attended to.

The officials who have figured in the midst of the issue are Ghaziabad municipal commissioner, who is a promoted IAS officer, additional district magistrate (city) and three subdivisional magistrates – all PCS officers — chief medical officer, regional manager, UP pollution control board; project officer, district urban development authority; executive engineer, public works department and project manager, UP state highways authority.

“There are 11 officials identified whose salary will be on hold till they complete the disposal of pending public complaints which are received through various modes. Since municipal corporation is an autonomous department, we have written to their bank about the issue,” said Nidhi Kesarwani, district magistrate, Ghaziabad.

Municipal commissioner Abdul Samad did not respond to calls. The district receives various public complaints through different modes like chief minister’s office, Tehsil Diwas, Janata Darshan, online mode and even from government of India level. The complaints are also reflected on state’s Integrated Grievance Redressal System (IGRS) portal, the UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s initiative.

Officials from pollution board and the chief medical officer said that there are no pending complaints. Acting after directions, the official machinery at municipal corporation was seen disposing of complaints on a war footing. By Wednesday evening, the corporation also held up the November salary of a number of their officials.

“We have acted in case of 42 officials and they will be able to withdraw salaries only when they give written certificate that they don’t have any pending reference of IGRS. Their salaries will not be credited till then,” said DK Sinha, additional municipal commissioner.

According to IGRS figures, a total of nearly 141 online complaints, 173 from public grievance portal, 147 at district headquarters and another 139 received through CM office level were pending till the morning of November 30.

First Published: Nov 30, 2016 23:25 IST