HIMACHAL PUBLIC WORKS (HPPWD) SDO CAUGHT RED HANDED TAKING BRIBE

Anti corruption cell of Mandi caught a SDO of Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department (HPPWD) red handed while taking a bribe of Rs. 25000. SDO Manoj Kumar works with HPPWD Kullu and demanded hefty sum from contractor to clear his pending bills. The contractor approached anti corruption cell when Manoj Kumar contacted him from Mandi. After working closely with anti corruption bureau local Police was able to trap the SDO.

Its pertinent to mention that it is normal to pay the HPPWD authorities to clear bills unless and otherwise person is highly connected with the ruling party.

Everyone is surprised by the act of this small contractor as every contractor fears that if they approach Police for anti corruption activities then its hard to get future contract work from HPPWD. This contractor fears that out of total Rs. 5 Lakhs worth the works he completed from total allocation of Rs. 26 lakhs, might jeopardize due to his honest act.

Its quite amazing to note that HPPWD (http ://himachal.gov.in/Depts.htm) is one of the largest departments of Himachal and when HP govt. talks big on citizen government interface, this department does not even carry a website or email address where people can anonymously report their issues. Although its known fact that very few department officials in HP check their emails.

Time has come that every one join hands to fight corruption and work together to build a better Himachal. Recently Himachal CM, Virbhadra Singh assured everyone that government would take stern actions against corrupt officials and government would specifically work for major land reforms as Patwaris were warned by CM in election rally in Una.