Junior Engineer Fined ₹20,000 for Negligence in Service, Compensation Awarded to Complainant

Junior Engineer Fined ₹20,000 for Negligence in Service, Compensation Awarded to Complainant

“Junior Engineer Fined ₹20,000 for Negligence in Service, Compensation Awarded to Complainant”

Chandigarh, April 22 – The Haryana Public Service Commission has imposed a fine of ₹20,000 on a junior engineer of the South Haryana Electricity Distribution Corporation Limited in response to a complaint/appeal regarding the shifting of electricity meters.

Providing information in this regard, a spokesperson for the Haryana Public Service Commission stated that under the chairmanship of Mr. T.C. Gupta, Chief Commissioner of the Commission, a hearing was held on April 5, 2024, regarding the matter involving Executive Engineer Kuldeep Singh Nehra of the Rewari Division, Sub-Divisional Officer Jatin Kumar of the Rewari Sub-Division, and Junior Engineer Surendra Sharma. However, Junior Engineer Surendra Sharma did not participate in the hearing, and the appellant Saroj Yadav also did not take part. Nevertheless, an email was received from the appellant Saroj Yadav expressing gratitude to the Haryana Public Service Commission for the intervention and service acquisition through the Commission’s intervention.

He explained that the Commission has imposed a fine of ₹20,000 on Junior Engineer Surendra Sharma for negligence in providing service. Additionally, instructions have been given to ensure compensation of ₹5,000 to the complainant/appellant Saroj Yadav by ensuring compliance with the executive engineer. The Commission stated in its order that this amount will be deducted from the salary of April, provided it does not exceed 1/3 of the salary. Any excess amount will be deducted in the following months, up to the limit of ₹20,000, which will be deposited in the state treasury. The Commission also stated in its order that a deduction of ₹5,000 will be made from the amount to be cut first, ensuring payment to Saroj Yadav. However, if they are not consumers, the amount should be deposited into the account of the relevant consumer.

The spokesperson stated that instead of taking action against Executive Engineer Jatin Kumar for Junior Engineer Surendra Sharma, they have chosen an easier path. They transferred the work of Junior Engineer Surendra Sharma to another Junior Engineer. They also failed to comply with the orders and dismissed the appeal on their own. By doing so, they have violated both the letter and the spirit of the Act. Therefore, the Commission has recommended disciplinary action against Jatin Kumar, SDO, Energy Department, through the ACS, and the state government will consider the recommendations of the Commission and inform the Commission of the action taken within thirty days or more. He said that in the same way, there has been a mistake in the case of Kuldeep Singh Nehra, Executive Engineer, and they have also failed to comply with the orders and have also dismissed the appeal on their own. By doing so, they have violated the basic spirit of the Act. However, keeping in view the apology sought by them during the hearing, their misconduct has been taken into account. It is hoped that in the future, they will give justice to the complaints/appellants before deciding to ‘solve’ or ‘dismiss’ their complaints.

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