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Labour dept issues notices to officials over Rs80-cr bungling


Labour dept issues notices to officials over Rs80-cr bungling

Karam Prakash

Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 8

After the detection of financial irregularities in the implementation of welfare schemes for construction workers, the Labour Department has issued show-cause notices to the erring officials.

The department has sought an explanation from the Assistant Labour Commissioners/Labour Conciliation Officers of seven circles — Patiala, Sangrur, Moga, Gurdaspur, Jalandhar-I and II and Amritsar — in six districts which were audited by the Comptroller and Audit General (Punjab).

The “irregularities” were unearthed when the first-ever audit of the Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (BOCW) was done by the Office of Principal Accountant General (Audit), Punjab, in seven of the 23 circles for the period of 2013-18.

Notably, on August 31, The Tribune had highlighted the Rs 80-crore “financial irregularities” due to which construction workers had to bear the brunt.

Significantly, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, who is ex officio chairman of the BOCW, had sought a report on the issue from the department, citing The Tribune report.

The officials said the objections raised by CAG would be examined before the disciplinary action against the erring officials.

Confirming the development, Principal Secretary, Labour, VK Janjua said they had issued notices to the officials concerned before taking any action. He said, “We have already sought explanation from the officials concerned before we take any action in this regard.”

Janjua added that irregularities might have occurred because earlier the work was offline. “The system is robust now. Moreover, everything is online. Thorough scrutiny is done before the applications are placed before a committee headed by an SDM,” he said.

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