Sukh Sarkaria Estimate Committee formed by Captain Amarinder Singh led government has come out with startling revelations related to Punjab Bhawan located in New Delhi. Every month an amount of Rs 1.5 lakh (18 lakhs annually) is being spent on rent of seven cars.
Around Rs 1.8 crore has been paid as rent for these cars in last ten years only. Report submitted by Estimate Committee to government pointed out bouquets worth Rs 11 lakhs were also purchased in last four years.
The committee has asked the concerned officials for car rental agreements and people for whom the bouquets were purchased. According to sources, officials failed to clarify their stand and could not present an valid document. Committee was appointed by government for looking into irregularities in Punjab Bhawan, New Delhi which raised several objections on the intentions of Resident Commissioner and certain other officers who have their own working style.
Members said in report that Punjab Bhawan administration could purchase two cars of their own annually. Committee also found that the seven cars were provided to some VIPs as MLAs were not entitled to use these cars .
On June 3, committee of several members visited Punjab Bhawan for inquiry into the matter. Resident Commissioner Rahul Bhandari was not available for his comments therefore in his absence senior Resident Commissioner (DRC) S K Ahluwalia was questioned by members.
Committee pointed out in their report that DRC was unable to answer the questions raised by members. Even DRC did not have a basic knowledge of functioning of Punjab Bhawan. Committee raised questions in the report that how officers of his caliber could smoothly runs bhawan. Committee has asked Bhandari to clear his position at earliest. Members even asked to scrap all appointments done on contract basis and advised to stop practice of appointing employees on contract and outsourcing in future. Regular employment should be made and asked Punjab Public Service Commission to initiate the process. Committee found that some of the employees do not know Punjabi which is the necessary condition for an appointment. Promotions are also done out of the way, reported committee members.
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