BJP leaders take on Delhi govt over ghost employee statement
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 05, 2011, 19:33
New Delhi: The city Mayor and BJP leaders in MCD on Thursday came down heavily on the Delhi government over its claim before the Delhi High Court that the civic body caused a loss of Rs 500 crore by paying salaries to "ghost employees".

Mayor Rajni Abbi, Standing Committee Chairman Yogender Chandolia and Leader of the House Subhash Arya said the oral statement of Delhi government standing counsel Najmi Waziri at the court yesterday does not find any mention in the inquiry report prepared by city police's Crime Branch on the issue.

"The affidavit submitted by Vivek Gogia, Joint Commissioner of Police to the court on May 3 does not say anything about regular employees implying that the issue is confined only to substitute safai karamcharies. Only some 1600 substitute workers remained unaccounted," Arya said.

The report also did not mention about "financial loss running into almost Rs 500 crore" in five years, as claimed by the counsel, Abbi said and termed it a "political ploy" to "defame" the MCD.

The three leaders alleged that it is a "conspiracy" by the Delhi government to divert the attention of citizens from corruption in the Commonwealth Games.

Abbi said as part of the organisational reforms, the MCD has implemented the bio-metric attendance system which has eliminated the possible chances of existence of "so-called ghost employees". "Not only this, the MCD itself started the investigation to find the number of its employees," she said.

"Delhi Police Crime Branch probed to confirm the number of substitute safai karmacharies to 29,589. At the end, 1,955 substitute employees remained absent from the physical verification," Chandolia said.

He further clarified that there were 880 employees who were dismissed from the service after remaining absent for long years. "The salary of all these employees was stopped earlier only," he added.

The leaders said reason behind variation in the number of employees published in newspapers is that the list earlier provided by MCD excluded the number of substitute employees.

They demanded that if the statement of the lawyer of the Delhi government in this regard is true then he should file an affidavit in the court stating on oath the oral statement made by him.


First Published: Thursday, May 05, 2011, 19:33

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