Raj to charge-sheet staff over de­layed pay­ments

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA - Yu­vraj Shri­mal cor­re­spon­dent@dnain­dia.net

Jaipur: The Ra­jasthan gov­ern­ment on Fri­day said it will file charge sheets against of­fi­cials who fail to dis­burse so­cial se­cu­rity schemes run by the so­cial jus­tice and em­pow­er­ment department. The de­ci­sion was taken by the Department Di­rec­tor Samit Sharma, who is re­ported to be un­sat­is­fied with the poor im­ple­men­ta­tion of schemes dur­ing a re­view meet­ing held through video con­fer­enc­ing on Thurs­day.

While ad­min­is­tra­tive, the de­ci­sion is likely to have po­lit­i­cal im­pli­ca­tions as the Va­sund­hara Raje gov­ern­ment, which is en­ter­ing the fi­nal phase of its ten­ure, is leav­ing no stone un­turned to fix poli­cies that could give it an edge in the next As­sem­bly elec­tions.

The schemes re­viewed by the di­rec­tor have ben­e­fi­cia­ries in the lakhs, par­tic­u­larly so­cial se­cu­rity pen­sion scheme and schol­ar­ships for stu­dents from back­ward and sched­uled castes. A cou­ple of weeks ago, a meet­ing chaired by the chief sec­re­tary Ashok Jain also dis­cussed the pen­dency of works and di­rected of­fi­cials of all de­part­ments to dis­pose of them at the ear­li­est.

“The of­fi­cials do have to dis­pose pen­dency of ap­pli­ca­tions in next two days, or else the department will is­sue charge sheet against the of­fi­cials for neg­li­gence of duty,” Sharma said in a state­ment re­leased by the department. „ The de­ci­sion taken by the Ra­jasthan gov­ern­ment will likely have po­lit­i­cal im­pli­ca­tions in favour of the Va­sund­hara Raje gov­ern­ment for the next As­sem­bly elec­tions which is com­ing to its fi­nal phase of ten­ure.

Sources in the so­cial jus­tice department said that Sharma re­viewed the progress of dis­pos­ing of pen­sion, schol­ar­ship and Palan­har ap­pli­ca­tions, which were found pend­ing in the thou­sands at the district level.

Sharma is said to have warned that such cal­lous­ness would not be tol­er­ated and that of­fi­cials re­spon­si­ble would have to face the mu­sic for dere­lic­tion of duty. He also or­dered department of­fi­cials to keep their of­fices open even on the week­ends to clear pend­ing ap­pli­ca­tions.

Va­sund­hara Raje, Ra­jasthan CM

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