From our Correspondent
MANGALDAI, December 8: Can a senior official in the rank of Superintending Engineer in the Public Works Department (PWD) function in his office even after eight months of his retirement? Are the officials in the head office of the PWD not concerned about it? Is this the way of functioning of the PWD under the dymic minister Ajanta Neog? However, filly waking up from the deep slumber, the PWD has asked him to relinquish the charge of Superintending Engineer immediately and to go on retirement on superannuation and to submit the necessary pension papers.
The Superintending Engineer in question is Mohan Chandra Poddar who has overstayed in his office in Mangaldai Road Circle of PWD and who is allegedly found to be absent from office frequently during office hours. He also reportedly availed uuthorized leave from the headquarters, thereby violating the government instructions. The previous Deputy Commissioner of Darrang had informed the State Government regarding his uuthorized absence in the headquarters several times.
The PWD (Estt-B Branch) vide letter number RBEB.63/2015/12 dated 5.12.2015 marked as most urgent and signed by Deputy Secretary to the Government of Assam, Bijoy Chandra Kalita with reference to department’s notification number CON.33/2013/18 dated 12.09.2013, letter number RBEB.63/2015/10 dated 09.03.2015 and letter number RBEB.63/2013/11 dated 07.08.2015 has reminded this officer that as per the official records of the date of birth (07.04.1955) he had to go on retirement in April, 2015 but he had overstayed in the government service for more than seven months.
It is evident from the above three letters and notification that the Superintending Engineer intentiolly had overstayed in his office for a long term of eight months while defying the government orders only to allegedly fulfil his persol interest. At the same time it also reflects the ‘lackadaisical attitude’ of the PWD for gross failure to monitor the office records. Or were the officials in the PWD maged somehow by this erring Superintending Engineer?
The urgent letter was issued on December 5 and it was served in the office of the Superintending Engineer, PWD, Mangaldai Roads Circle, on December 7 and significantly the Superintendent Engineer Mohan Chandra Poddar was found to be absent from office on December 7 and December 8. On the other hand, though in the confidential letter issued on December 5, the PWD has asked the Superintending Engineer to go on retirement and to relinquish his charge immediately, however, it did not mention to whom he should hand over the charge without fixing a date.