SILCHAR: Firm and decisive drive is being carried out against all sorts of corruption and to break the backbone of syndicate. On Thursday, action was taken against two officials of DTO, Apu Mazumdar, district transport officer and Ahmed Hussain Mazumder, enforcement officer. They have been found guilty of dereliction of duties by not properly cross-checking the overloaded vehicles and they have not initiated action against those violating the transportation regulations as per directive of the State government. Regular checking and realisation of fines from defaulters can add to state revenue.
The two officers have been dismissed from their posts for their inability, deliberately or inadvertently, in checking the overloaded vehicles at the cost of state exchequer. Movement of overloaded trucks with coal through Karimganj to Bangladesh has been a common talk among public. But, enforcement officer has no information about it. A few days back SP Mayank Jha was seen detaining overloaded trucks on the highway to Sutarkandi Land Port. This raked up heated exchange of words between BJP and Congress.
Even Tripura bound overloaded trucks are allowed to pass. On the instruction of Transport Minister, Chandra Mohan Patowari issued on Thursday, both DTO and Enforcement Officer have been removed from their posts. There has been resentment in the higher echelons of transport department about the functioning of enforcement wing at Karimganj. Chandra Mohan Patowari has issued directive to all the DTOs and enforcement officers to check overloaded trucks at every entry and exit points.
Barak media has reported umpteen times about the movement of overloaded trucks from Meghalaya to Cachar, Karimganj and to Bangladesh, duping the state exchequer by hundreds of crores of rupees. With state taking a tough stand on illegal transportation, there seems to be a break on it. In the meantime, Hailakandi DTO S R Mannan and enforcement inspector S U Tapadar have been directed to take charge of their respective post at Karimganj.