Ludhiana: Several high ranking officers belonging to different government departments are enjoying their stay in the government accommodations over the period but they are not paying rent for the same. This revelation has been made in an information obtained by Daily Post under RTI Act. Ironically, it has been revealed that Municipal Additional Commissioner Davinder Singh, IG Ishwar Singh, ADC Ajay Sood, ADCP Joginder Singh, SSP Vigilance Rupinder Singh, ADC Rishipal Singh are among those officers who are not paying rent.
However, on being contact, Rajinder Kumar, Executive Engineer, Public Works Department (PWD), while defending these officers claimed that “officials might be paying their rent directly to treasury branch through their department heads but PWD department has no records of the rent paid.” On the other hand, enquiries conducted by Daily Post reveal that in the records of PWD the majority of the officials were not paying rent despite the rules to submit rent receipts to the department. Though the records of PWD department revealed that the majority of the officials were not paying rent yet the officials maintained that they have deducted the rent from the salaries through their department heads.
The officials, however, did not submit the details of rent paid to PWD. According to the rules the officials residing in the government accommodations of PWD have to submit the details of rent deducted every year. The PWD claims charges for repair from the rent. Meanwhile, the PWD revealed that YD Bagga, Central Excise Commissioner, PPS Officer Surinderpal Mand, AETC Hardeep Singh and few others were paying rent of the government accommodations. Deputy Commissioner Ravi Bhagat, on being contact, said those officials not paying rent were charged with penal rent.
“We have sent notices to the defaulting officials to deposit penal rent and action would be taken if rent not paid”. Officials transferred out but still enjoying residency Another interesting fact has come out during enquiry conducted by DP, which reveals that despite the transfer from Ludhiana, some of the officials were still enjoying residency in the government accommodations.
Moreover, the officials have also not paid rent to the concerned department, as per records of PWD department. The officials who were posted outside Ludhiana but still residing in government accommodations here include SSP SBS Nagar Snehdeep Sharma, SSP Fazilka Narinder Bhargav and PPS officer Rachhpal Singh. Interestingly, the officials who were presently posted in Ludhiana were forced to live in circuit house or private guest house due to non availability of government accommodations.
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