Ranchi, Oct. 23: Chief minister Hemant Soren today sanctioned road repairs worth over Rs 7 crore and approved action against several officials including a Bokaro engineer who caused losses to the state exchequer and will now have to pay up from his own pocket.
Hemant granted administrative sanctions for funds to repair or widen several key roads in Hazaribagh, Giridih and Palamau.
For Hazaribagh, he sanctioned Rs 1.60 crore for strengthening and widening the road linking circuit house with PWD Chowk. The road is approximately 2.25km long and links several important establishments like the SP’s official residence, police training centre, St Xavier’s School, and water resources office.
He okayed another Rs 1.74 crore for strengthening and widening the road linking Nilambar-Pitambar Chowk with State Bank of India in Hazaribagh. The road also serves as a bylane for linking NH-33 with Hazaribagh- Bagodar road.
In Giridih, an old bridge over a rivulet intersecting Jamua-Shravan road will soon be replaced by a double lane carriageway measuring 10.9 meters. It is expected to cost around Rs 2.33 crore.
In Palamau district, Rs 52.27 lakh has been approved for repairing the road linking Hussainabad with Thana Chowk. Another Rs 58.02 lakh will be spent on the repair of the road linking Dinesh Singh Chowk with ITI in Japla and Rs 74.84 lakh for the repair of the road linking SDO’s office with Chhatarpur-Japla road.
Cracking the whip on erring officers, the chief minister ordered that Bokaro NREP assistant engineer Dilbahar Ram be demoted to his lowest pay band.
While posted in Giridih NREP, his actions led the state to suffer losses to the tune of Rs 21.48 lakh. This amount would be “proportionally” realised from him.
Retired executive engineer Ram Nihora Prasad Singh will be denied 20 per cent of his pension. He facilitated payments to the tune of Rs 22.35 lakh on the basis of fake bills produced by a contractor engaged in repairing Govindpur-Tundi-Giridih road.
Retired assistant settlement officer of Dhanbad Prem Prakash Sinha will be denied 40 per cent of his pension for five years for having refused to turn up before an inquiry committees and not clarifying his stand on the charges against him.
Departmental proceedings will be initiated against former Barkagaon BDO and circle officer Gopal Krishna Kunwar for bungling the execution of a crop insurance scheme.