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Officer surprises city residents

He is not a simple man and ordinary administrator, rather a person with strong commitment which reflects in all his administrative acts he delivers.

india Updated: Nov 04, 2011 01:28 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times

He is not a simple man and ordinary administrator, rather a person with strong commitment which reflects in all his administrative acts he delivers.

An erstwhile deputy commissioner of Faridabad, Dr Praveen Kumar, took the Millennium City residents by surprise when he randomly inspected Sector 22 and 23 on his first two consecutive days of joining on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

His new role as the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) administrator has sent strong message across the city and among the official that everyone has to be strict and honest else ready to face punishment.

It is worth mentioning that during his nearly two-and-half years of administrative tenure in Faridabad and prior to that, two years tenure as additional deputy commissioner Gurgaon has left a message behind of his honest working.

After joining, Dr Kumar has held two rounds of meetings with his staff, addressed the residents of various sectors twice, delivered justice relating to pending applications and held meetings with the city police as well.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Dr Kumar went out on inspections without his subordinates and challaned people who were wasting water for washing cars, sweepers for leaving garbage unattended. Besides, he interacted with slum dwellers, residents, women and children also.

Residents came up with their complaints and Dr Kumar assured them to address their problems.

In Faridabad Dr Kumar, 51, during his random visit interacted with students of a government girls’ senior secondary school, who complained him about broken fans and how the school managed with only one sweeper to clean their toilets.

A homeopathy doctor and an officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Dr Kumar surprised the students and staff, when he started cleaning the toilet of the school.

Kumar has gained a reputation of being a maverick, a non-conformist in Faridabad.

During his tenure as ADC, Gurgaon, Kumar had taken strong action against parking mafia. He removed encroachments from Iffco Chowk and picked up spade and worked with hundreds of labourers at Damdama.

Talking to media on Thursday, Kumar said that he wants his officials to remain alert towards their jobs as he hinted that government has given him free hand to dismiss any official found guilty.

Kumar's toilet-training cum cleaning act is known to all.

He can be reached at 0124-2321650 or

Want total transparency in our system: Dr Kumar

HT Correspondent

Gurgaon: Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) administrator Dr Praveen Kumar said on Thursday, “We want total transparency in our system and more accountability towards the residents”. On his second day of taking charge, Dr Kumar assured the city residents that his main aim is to bring transparency in the administration.

He expressed concern over poor working style of Huda officials referring to several unattended RTI applications.

Dr Kumar pulled up engineers asking them to maintain accountability in terms of delivering their duties.

He mentioned about a number of cases which are pending in the office due to negligent attitude of the officials.

"I am going to take action against the officials," said Dr Kumar, stating that he has issued instructions to such officials without mentioning their names.

Dr Kumar said that all his staff from senior to junior level will be accessible to the public.

The administrator also briefed the media about his plan to improve sanitation in all Huda sectors and said that he would hold a meeting with the contractors in this regard.

"We are aware of residents' complaints regarding sweepers not doing their job properly in their respective areas. I am going to take action against them," he said, instructing the estate officers to identify such areas.

About greenery, Kumar said that he has asked his engineers to prepare a plan to make the green belts more beautiful.

First Published: Nov 04, 2011 01:20 IST