37 Bescom officials suspended

Staff Correspondent

Financial irregularities, execution lapses cited as reasons

Superintending Engineer of Kolar Division of Bescom has been suspended

Action is based on an investigation report submitted by Bescom managing director

KOLAR: In an unprecedented move, Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL) on Friday suspended 37 of its officials, including the Superintendent Engineer of Kolar Division of Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom).

The disciplinary action was initiated against the staff on charges of lapses in execution of works, procedural lapses and financial irregularities causing monetary loss to the company, the suspension order issued by the general manager (HRD) of KPTCL said.

The number of suspended staff pending departmental enquiry stands at 50, as 13 staff members were already suspended in connection with the works taken up in Kolar Division of Bescom, between September 2006 and October 2007.

L. Shankara Gowda, Superintendent Engineer, works and maintenance circle, and G. Narayan, Executive Engineer, are among the 37 who had been subjected to disciplinary action by KPTCL, which is the disciplinary authority of all the Escoms.

KPTCL took the decision based on an investigation report submitted by the managing director of BESCOM, sources said.

Those suspended were working in various sections at Chintamani, Srinivaspur, Kolar Urban and Kolar Rural sub divisions, under the jurisdiction of Bescom Kolar Division, when the alleged irregularities and lapses took place, the order, a copy of which was available with The Hindu, said.

With the Superintending Engineer under suspension, the Kolar Circle of Bescom has been rendered headless.

According to sources, the Executive Engineer of Chickballapur division is expected to take additional charge of the Kolar division.

The suspension of the staff would not affect power supply and other works in the division, in-charge Executive Engineer T.S. Chandran at the Circle Office of Bescom told The Hindu.

Mr. Chandran explained that Bescom was taking all steps to fill the void created by the suspension.

“There is no question of any hurdles arising owing to the disciplinary action, and the public need not worry,” he added.

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