Noida authority to employ fewer guards, save Rs1.5cr per month
The authority’s chief executive officer (CEO) Amit Mohan Prasad took the decision after a review and said that the authority was wasting money in salaries of these guardsUpdated: Jul 06, 2017 21:53 IST
The Noida authority has dispensed with the services of 420 security guards who, according to officials, were drawing salaries without doing any important job. Officials estimate that they will save Rs1.5 crore per month that was paid to these guards.
The authority’s chief executive officer (CEO) Amit Mohan Prasad took the decision after a review and said that the authority was wasting money in salaries of these guards. He reviewed the work and deployment schedule of the guards, who were shown as posted at various construction sites, authority’s offices, parking lots and vacant government land to safeguard it from land mafia.
“In reality, many of these guards were not even reporting to their posts but were drawing salaries. Therefore, the authority has decided to remove them,” a Noida authority official said.
A private agency provided 800 guards who were serving in various departments of the authority for the last five years. “The Noida authority was paying Rs2.5 crore monthly in salary to 800 guards. Now the authority will spend only Rs1 crore in salaries to 380 guards who will continue to work,” the CEO said.
Officials said that many of the guards are deployed outside the Noida authority’s Sector 6 office only to ensure that visitors do not park their vehicles on road and cause jams. Similarly, around 10 to 20 guards are deployed at the Noida authority’s offices in sectors 6 and 14A as security for senior officials.
Social activists and politicians have questioned why the guards were employed for the last five years when their services were not required.
“These 420 guards had been drawing salaries for the last five years without doing any important job. It means the authority wasted Rs90 crore on these guards. This is a sheer waste of taxpayers’ money. The Central Bureau of Investigation should conduct a detailed investigation into this because it seems to be a scam,” said Joginder Singh Awana, a Bahujan Samaj Party leader.
The CEO said that a team of officials reviewed the deployment of these guards and found that 380 guards were sufficient for their requirements. A section of officials is of the view that the number of guards that continue to be employed is more than the required number.
“We have removed 400 guards because they were not needed. Removal of guards is a collective decision. I do not know why they were not reporting (to duty). I cannot personally check whether each guard is reporting for duty. I cannot answer this negative question of why these guards worked for five years,” said Prasad.
The private agency that provides the personnel, Ironman Security Services Private Limited, however, denied allegations that guards were drawing salaries without doing their jobs.
“It is a baseless allegation that guards do not report for duty. Our guards have been working efficiently wherever they are deployed,” said Praveen Rana, supervisor of Ironman.
According to the agency, the authority had renewed its contract in February, under which it hired 925 guards, including 75 ex-servicemen.
Raghuraj Singh, a social activist, said, “Officials, in nexus with politicians, kept drawing funds from the government’s coffers under the guise of hiring security guards. Why cannot the Noida authority take action against officials who hired these guards?”