availing govt accommodation sans payment to attract action
Statesman News Service
Kolkata 25 October
The state government has decided to take disciplinary action against government officers who do not pay booking charges at public health engineering (PHE) bungalows by suspending them.
The decision was taken after it was found revenue worth Rs 100 crore remained unrealised as government officers had not paid booking charges for their stay in government bungalows.
In an order dated 10 October 2013, the chief engineer public health engineer S Bhattacharya mentioned the minister in charge of the public health engineering department has received several complaints of officers not paying booking charges while staying in bungalows without any official assignment. There have also been reports of officers booking bungalows by paying respective caretakers locally, which is unauthorised.
The state government has now decided to form a three member monitoring committee to look into such complaints.
Senior officials of the PHE department said although the government charges a nominal rate for booking its bungalows, over the past two years, complaints of officers not paying booking fees have shot up considerably.
This year alone, the state public health engineering department has received complaints against 100 officers. In 2012, the department had received around 80 complaints.
PHE officers have been instructed to look in to the itinerary details, as well as the purpose of visit of government officers before processing a booking.