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Monday, 13 July 2020

BJP councillor alleges ‘corrupt’ practices in Panipat civic body

Mukesh Tandon

Tribune News Service

Panipat, July 12

The local Municipal Corporation is again in the news for the wrong reasons. A BJP councillor, Anjali Sharma, has written to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, alleging "corrupt practices" in the civic body.

Sharma, the councillor from ward number 3, alleged that be it any work related to the development of the city or issuing death and birth certificates, officers demanded bribe. "MC officers have fixed a commission between 18 and 20 per cent for clearing bills of contractors," she alleged.


Pramod Vij, Panipat City MLA

'Erring officers to be shifted'

Corruption in the MC cannot be tolerated. If any other officer is found involved in any corrupt practice, he or she will be shifted.Rs


The councillor also mentioned the percentage share of commission of officers, including the MC Commissioner, in her letter. She claimed MC officials took Rs 5,000 for birth and death certificates, and domicile certificates.

This is not the first time that a councillor from the ruling party has raised question on the working of the civic body.

In June last year, Mayor Avneet Kaur had talked about corrupt practices prevalent in the MC during a programme in the city. Besides, BJP councillor from ward number 25 Dushyant Bhatt has been accusing MC officers of corruption.

The Mayor could not be contacted in spite of repeated attempts.

When contacted, Panipat City MLA Pramod Vij said, "Corruption in the MC cannot be tolerated. Some officers, including the Superintending Engineer, an Executive Engineer, a Junior Engineer and the Commissioner, have been shunted out. If any other officer is found involved in any corrupt practice, he or she will be shifted."

from The Tribune

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