AURANGABAD: Three government employees in Latur, including a Class I officer, have been denied a salary increment after they were found responsible for causing wastage of water in the parched city.
The unusual action was linked with the August 21 incident of wastage of 1.5 lakh litres of water from six overhead tanks, managed by the Latur Municipal Corporation (LMC), due to an overflow for 20 minutes. All three are from the LMC's water supply department.
District collector Pandurang Pole, the acting LMC chief punished the trio after a probe. In his explanation, the Class I officer has held his two subordinates responsible for the incident. Pole, however, held all three responsible after examining the entire incident.
Residents of Latur began getting water through taps in early August after a gap of nearly six months. Till then, a train was carrying 25 lakh litres of water from Miraj in western Maharashtra to the parched city every day. Even now, water is being supplied after a gap of 15 days.
The LMC has been lifting water from Nagzari and Sai barrages for supply to the city and is storing it in the six overhead tanks. "It (the water wasted) could have quenched the thirst of hundreds. The action will send a strong signal," a district administration official said.
Excellent work by Govt. but just one pay loss is not sufficient for setting an example
A good initiative but will it be followed elsewhere ?
Well done. We need to bring the chabge in system where govt official made accountable like this.
must be the first time in history of independent India...some penalty is better than nothing...need more examples of public servants and netas held responsible for their actions
message must go to government staff that they are accountable.
right step taken by government in denying them, 3 persons, increment.
A good start, lesson on being responsible.. Let us make it even more stringent.
Devindra Kumar Jain
A good example for non performers.
Why only pay hike stoppage?!?! they should be kicked out of their jobs since they played with the lives of innocent public and precious water besides sending them to jail and force them to do rain water harvesting/farming till death ?!?! Any derlection of duty by any and each Government/Public Sector employee must be dealt severely ?!?!
loss in hike they will compensate themselves n
more by corruption
only pay hike ? what rubbish .... this is the difference between private and public sector ..
THIS IS NOT ENOUGH.... THEY SHOULD LOOSE JOBS. NO GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE IS UNTOUCHABLE!!! MAKE THEM PAY FOR THEIR NEGLIGENCE AND LOOSE JOB!!!!