DC divests tehsildar of powers after complaints of misconduct, rudeness

Following several complaints of professional misconduct and indifferent attitude towards the general public, the Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Shayin on Wednesday divested tehsildar D S Balouria of his powers of sub-registrar.

According to officials of the Deputy Commissioner, the action came after several written complaints were submitted with the DC office and the higher authorities against Balouria, who has been serving as the Tehsildar in the Deputy Commissioner's office for over a decade now.

Ever since he was elevated to the rank of Tehsildar, he was given the powers of the Sub-registrar under the Punjab Land Revenue Act and was responsible for registering properties in the city. Besides him, there is one more Tehsildar in the office with the same powers, besides issuance of all certificates for verification, disposal of court cases under the Punjab Land Revenue Act, recovering of dues on government land etc.

Interestingly, he rose from the rank of a patwari, to conun go, Naib Tehsildar and was elevated as a tehsildar and is due to retire from service in the next six months.

When contacted, the Deputy Commissioner M Shayin said, "As an immediate measure, we have divested him of his powers of sub registrar till further orders. This was necessary in the larger interest of the public".

Balouria has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, most recently last month, when a physically challenged person complained against him to the DC and subsequently to the National Trust of India following his rude behaviour.

In September this year, Vijay Sheel Vig, a 49-year-old person suffering from autism and cerebral palsy, had to face the indifferent attitude of UT Tehsildar DS Balouria when the latter refused to attest an affidavit, which was required to obtain an NOC from the Chandigarh Housing Board.

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