RAJBIRAJ, Sept 29: Various government bodies in Saptari district, including the District Administration Office (DAO), have been illegally proxying out other persons for their work.
Service seekers have to visit room number 10 of the DAO for important works such as registration. But during working days, none of the permanent workers can be found there. In fact, the functioning of the office has been shouldered by a 14-year-old child, son of DAO’s staffer Shyam Sundar Yadav.
“My father is busy in other works most of the time. So I’m working here in his place,” he said, refusing to be named. He has been working in the registration section for months.
Service seekers complained that it is a gross negligence to leave such an important office in the care of a child. Despite numerous complaints, the Chief District Office (CDO) has remained a mute spectator, according to service seekers. They have been frequently complaining that the trend of permanent workers illegally contracting out temporary employees to do their job has created hassles and difficulties for them.
When police arrested a person red-handed while accepting bribe in Rajbiraj two days ago, investigation revealed that the person was an employee of the DAO. However, the arrested Prakash Chaudhary was proxying for his brother Lokendra.
Prakash revealed that he was given the contract after his brother reached an agreement with the CDO and other employees of the office.
“At the moment, we have lodged fraud case against Prakash as he was caught accepting Rs 9,400 as bribe,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Tek Narayan Chaudhary.
The trend of using proxies by permanent workers of government offices has been going on for a very long time, according to Kishor Kumar Yadav, a youth leader. “How can someone leave a child in charge of an important office? That’s a severe irresponsibility. Action should be taken against those who are involved in such practice.
CDO Rameshwar Aryal expressed ignorance about the issue and said action would be taken against those who are involved. “I’m sure there are no such incidents in my office. We encourage the public to report to us if they encounter any problem,” he added.