In Gurgaon, urban bodies staff to file property returns

Article from ET Realty

GURGAON: In a bid to eradicate corruption from government departments, the Haryana government has asked all employees of Huda, town and country planning department, and the housing board to submit a list of property returns by each of them. The heads of the three departments have also been asked to identify at least five areas where corruption is prevalent and closely monitor the pending disciplinary cases.

The government has also asked the departmental heads to install CCTV cameras at sensitive places, and submit an action taken report by January 15. These instructions have been issued by the additional chief secretary of town and country planning department, P Raghavendra Rao, after chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar recently chaired a meeting on “eradication of corruption” from government departments.

“This government wants to put an end to graft in the actual sense of the word and therefore, wants to ensure that maximum transactions are done electronically. The departments have been asked to speed up online systems, and everyday work is to be computerised and used effectively. Also the payments must be released online and not in cash. Funds amounting to more than Rs 1,000 should be received only online,” a senior official in Chandigarh told TOI.

In the order, the government has once again emphasised that all departmental work should be allotted only through e-tendering process and that allotment of tenders should be made in presence of contractors and public representatives. “The chief minister would himself review the progress after four weeks and therefore, the authorities have been asked to submit the action taken report by Januray 15,” the official said.

Recently, an advertisement agency in the city had accused the former municipal commissioner, Vikas Gupta, of corruption and alleged he attempted to allot a tender for advertisements without following the e-tendering process. Gupta was transferred within days after the allegations were made.

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