Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service
Amritsar, August 5
PK Goel, Superintending Engineer (SE), Municipal Corporation, (MC), who got relief yesterday from the Punjab and Haryana High Court (HC) that stayed the state government’s order regarding his suspension, along with another SE, has said that he will leave the job after rejoining the office as he has been pained over his suspension on “flimsy” grounds.
While talking to The Tribune, Goel said he was yet to receive the court orders. “I will join the office after receiving the same. I have planned to leave the job after giving one month notice to the corporation. We have faced harassment with the decision of the Local Bodies Minister. After working dedicatedly throughout my career, I have earned respect from colleagues and general public. The suspension has damaged my image.”
He rubbished the charge wherein he is accused to have flouted the norms by allotting municipal works in a single bid. “We have followed the guidelines of the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB), funding agency for the work. The allotment of tender with a single bid was allowed under the government’s instructions issued on February 22, 2011. The government had issued directions on December 15, 2015 that there was no need to get approval from the MC House. The court issued the stay orders after checking all the documents,” he said.
According to the officer, it was the duty of the government, politician, bureaucrats and media to develop faith in the system. “It is easy to break the faith of public but it takes time to develop. The department had recommended my promotion in June by recognising mine outstanding performance, but issued suspension orders after some days.”
It is worth mentioning here that following the report of the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO), Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu had on July 6 suspended four superintending engineers for allotting civil works on just a single bid. SE (civil works) PK Goel is one of them.
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