North Corpn seeks probe

2 dy commissioners appointed bypassing the House

The executive wing of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation on Tuesday came under the scanner for allegedly bypassing the House in appointment of two deputy commissioners.

While the appointment of the two officials was revoked later, the elected representatives took a strong exception over the issue during the House meeting of the civic body on Tuesday.  

Since the appointments were made without the approval of the House, North Corporation mayor Mira Aggarwal directed corporation commissioner P K Gupta to conduct an enquiry into the matter.

“Section 89 of the DMC Act empowers the House to appoint a deputy commissioner. Officially the file should have come to the mayor’s office for approval,” Aggarwal said.

Officials said the corporation had published advertisement for filling two vacant posts of deputy commissioners, following which two city government officers were selected.

They were made to join in the North Corporation after obtaining relieving order from their previous department. However, the mayor took a strong exception to the process.

“Considering the urgency involved in the matter due to shortage of staff, the executive wing could have sought anticipation of the House before appointing the deputy commissioners. However, the officials chose to ignore the rules,” Aggarwal said. “An inquiry should be conducted into the matter and the officers behind this should be identified for punitive action,” she said.

Earlier, the commissioner informed the House that the civic agency had only six deputy commissioners against the sanctioned strength of eight DCs. However, the process to fill two seats was started on May 25, which was completed in the last week of August.
The DMC Act also empowers the civic body to take action against officials who have bypassed the law, the mayor said.

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