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Missing files: Uproar in Corp council as Opposition seeks probe

The issue was raised on the basis of a Corporation circular which stated that the Vigilance reported loss of some important files from former/retired employees.

Published: 16th November 2016 01:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th November 2016 06:10 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

KOCHI: The Kochi Corporation council witnessed unruly scenes on Tuesday, after Opposition councillors demanded a Vigilance inquiry into the mysterious disappearance of files from the Corporation office.The Opposition raised the issue at the council meet, based on a circular issued by the Corporation secretary to HODs and superintendentss, referring to a report filed by the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) stating that certain important files had gone missing from the custody of former/retired employees of the Corporation.

The secretary in the circular directed all officials to ensure safe upkeep of files. Opposition members demanded that a Vigilance probe should be carried out to find out which files are missing from the office.
“It is clear from the circular that certain files are missing from the office. Though the VACB has informed about the missing files, no inquiry has been initiated to find how many and what types of files are missing. The Mayor and the Corporation secretary should reveal details of the missing files. The LDF is demanding a Vigilance probe to unravel the mystery behind the files,” said Opposition councillor V P Chandran, who was joined by Opposition leader K J Antony and Benedict Fernandez in lashing out the ruling council over the issue.

The dramatic scenes unfolded when the Mayor refused to recommend a probe into the missing-file issue. “Since the VACB has brought the file issue into the purview of its ongoing inquiry, there is no need to recommend another inquiry. Also, the secretary has appointed a top official to probe the issue and find the  files,” said the Mayor in her reply, and assured that a report on the missing-file issue would be tabled at the next council meet.

The Opposition leader also sought resignation of the Mayor, alleging that of late, the performance of the Corporation had become pathetic. According to K J Antony, the Corporation is interested only in ‘inaugurating’ projects, and often failed to implement them.
“The e-governance, chips-on-dogs, and Ro-Ro projects are yet to be implemented,” alleged Antony.

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