REASI: Acting on the allegations against works department proved through inquiry report, Deputy Commissioner Reasi Prasana Ramaswamy G placed AEE, JE and Works Supervisor of public works department under suspension.
In order to ascertain the merits of the complaint and to verify misconduct of the officials involved with the project, a committee was constituted to conduct a preliminary enquiry into the allegations made by the complainants and report if a prima-facie case could be made out with regard to the misconduct comprising of officers
The Committee comprised of Ramesh Chander Additional District Dev. Commissioner, Harbans Lal Assistant Commissioner Revenue and Parshotam Kumar, Deputy Director, DRDA Reasi that submitted its observations based on physical verification of the project in presence of the officials.
The committee observed that the department has constructed crated walls instead of concrete breast walls as proposed in the DPR and only ground concretization work has been done by the department by laying RBM up to Shingled and metalled status whereas road is to be upgraded up to BT status. It was also observed by the committee that the physical achievements on the ground do not commensurate with financial spending of Rs. 1.16 crore by the department as the major components are yet to be executed by the Department. The observations of the committee, therefore, point towards probable misconduct on part of the officials.
The action was initiated on a complaint received during the Public Darbar chaired by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in Reasi which was lodged by members of the general public residing in the immediate vicinity of the Kheral-Jeri Road in Pouni Tehsil, Reasi District. The complainants alleged that the general quality of the work executed in the said project is sub-standard, also hinting at the possibility of financial impropriety on part of the officials immediately involved with the project.
Considering the serious nature of the allegations leveled against the officials and the preliminary findings of the committee, a departmental enquiry is hereby ordered into the possible misconduct of S.S Sahwney, AEE, PWD, Sub Division, Pouni, Shadab I/C Junior Engineer & Satpal Work Supervisor with regard to the execution of the project.
Since there is a possibility of financial impropriety and misconduct on behalf of the officials, a separate inquiry into this aspect is hereby ordered which will be conducted by Additional Deputy Commissioner (District Vigilance Officer) Reasi. Meanwhile, the suspended employees will be attached with the office of Assistant Commissioner Revenue Reasi.