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Seven officers warned for not depositing dues

SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE officials including those from Indian Administrative Services have not deposited arrears of house rent despite notices issued to them on behalf of State Home (general) Department. The recent notice issued to seven officials has warned them of action under Civil Service Conduct Rules if they fail to submit the dues.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 14:02 IST

SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE officials including those from Indian Administrative Services have not deposited arrears of house rent despite notices issued to them on behalf of State Home (general) Department. The recent notice issued to seven officials has warned them of action under Civil Service Conduct Rules if they fail to submit the dues.

The officials during their posting in Indore were allotted Government residential quarters. After their transfer, they were served eviction notice as they overstayed the permission granted for possession of the quarters. Though all of them have vacated the bungalows after several reminders, more than Rs 7 lakh remain unpaid at their end.

Neemuch District Collector S B Singh, for instance, has to pay Rs 2.88 lakh as arrear for the residential quarter at E-1, Radio Colony, during his stay here as Additional Collector from May 2003 to March 2005. He vacated the government quarter, sources said, after much persuasion. He yielded only when told that his case would be referred to Chief Secretary.

A sum of Rs 1.78 lakh was due against former-Additional Collector Dharmendra Singh who is now Deputy Commissioner, Land Records. Though he has deposited Rs 1.73 lakh, Rs 11,096 remain unpaid.

Former Additional Commercial Tax Commissioner Shobhit Jain, likewise, needs to pay Rs 82,560 while Rs 54,500 are due against Panchayat and Social Justice Joint Director Premalata Vajpayee who occupied E-17, Radio Colony bungalow between August 2004 to November 2004.

The arrears to be recovered from Assistant Medical Officer Dr G S Mittal (presently in Ujjain), CSP Vinit Kumar Jain (currently in Bhopal) and auditor H S Gehlot (now in Jhabua) stand at Rs 1.37 lakh, Rs 1.51 lakh and Rs 5.22 lakh respectively.

A similar notice is likely to be issued to former MP Public Service Commission member S H Khan who retired in 2003. Despite completing his tenure at MPPSC, he wanted to allot the Government quarter at 6, Radio Colony, to Garib Nawaz Foundation for Education.

Though State Government refused his plea, it allowed him to retain the possession till February 11, 2006. Judicial officials have also been found wanting in this regard. They seldom hand over government quarters once they gain possession.

On transfer, a judicial official hands over the keys to next incumbent without getting permission from competent authority. “Its a trend common throughout the State,” an official remarked about judiciary.

Of the 960 Home (general) Department quarters located in the City, 21 are occupied by journalists from whom Rs 5.33 lakh arrears have to be recovered.

Seven senior administrative officials who have yet to deposit house rent arrears to the tune of over Rs 7 lakh have been warned that action under the Civil Service Conduct Rules would be taken if they fail to deposit the dues. These officials on their transfer from Indore had vacated the bungalows but only after several reminders and without paying house rent dues.

First Published: Mar 02, 2006 14:02 IST