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Delhi: Bribery allegations surface in board for construction workers

Written by Sourav Roy Barman
| New Delhi |

Up to date: October 21, 2020 10:27:54 am


Sisodia, who not too long ago took cost of the labour dept, inspected one among its district workplaces at Pushp Vihar. The Press Reporter

A member of Delhi’s development employees welfare board has levelled expenses of bribery in opposition to a district secretary of the physique, a improvement which has been conveyed to the Delhi Excessive Court docket via an affidavit.

“You might be requested to look into the calls for being made by the district secretary from the development labourers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, who has been ignoring the instructions, which can be in dire contempt of the Hon’ble Excessive Court docket,” member Mohan Kumar wrote to the secretary of the board on October 7.

Kumar, who represents a union, additionally wrote that regardless of standing directions to name employees to the board’s workplaces solely as soon as for paperwork, they have been being made to make a number of rounds by the district secretaries. One of many secretaries has been demanding bribes of as much as Rs 2,000 from employees, he alleged.

On Tuesday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who not too long ago took cost of the labour division, additionally expressed disappointment over the state of affairs within the board following an inspection of one among its district workplaces at South Delhi’s Pushp Vihar.

Sisodia lashed out at officers in control of the registration, renewal and verification means of candidates. When one of many officers claimed that the “server was down”, thus stalling their work, Sisodia requested them if that they had raised the difficulty with their superiors.

“Have you ever seen the queue exterior? Persons are standing since 3.30 am… There’s a deep nexus between them and middlemen. I’ll ship everybody to jail in the event that they bask in such acts. The employees are standing in line for hours. They aren’t mendacity,” Sisodia mentioned.

The problem of low capability of the server has been repeatedly highlighted by the Delhi Excessive Court docket within the current previous. The court docket has been asking the board to launch a devoted portal, as a substitute of relying on the e-districts portal which additionally handles many different companies of the federal government. Nonetheless, the board has to this point maintained that launching a devoted portal was past its experience and that it has requested the Nationwide Informatics Centre (NIC) to deal with the difficulty.

The court docket’s suggestion on verification of purposes over video conferencing has additionally not made headway, with confusion over whether or not a authorities or personal company ought to convey the mandatory technological modifications.

Throughout his go to round 10.45 am, Sisodia additionally discovered that the district secretary was but to show up. “Why ought to he not be suspended? If he has no clarification (for the delay), then droop him.”

At present, 52,000 employees, whose memberships are lively, are enrolled with the board, which is down from over 1.28 lakh in 2015. Round 66,000 purposes are pending for verification, which Sisodia mentioned can be taken up on a precedence foundation.

The board runs numerous welfare schemes funded by the cess collected from constructing initiatives below the Constructing and Different Development Staff Welfare Cess Act, 1996. The Delhi board has a corpus of over Rs 3,200 crore.

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