Now, Shivpal Yadav says engineers taking ‘cut money’ will be punished

State Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Shivpal Yadav today warned engineers of severe punishment if they are found demanding "cut money" or commission in the name of higher authorities.

At a meeting of all chief engineers, superintendent engineers and executive engineers of PWD at Vishveshwarya auditorium today, the minister expressed concern over the practice of demanding commission in the name of higher authorities.

"It is sad that commission is still being taken in the name of higher authorities. If any complaint is received then FIR will be lodged against the concerned official and engineer," Shivpal said at the meeting.

Earlier, Shivpal had hit the headlines when he advised officials while chairing the district planning meeting of Etah on August 9 to "steal a little" if they work hard. He later claimed that his comment was distorted and he had made the remark regarding the previous BSP regime.

While reviewing the progress of the department, Shivpal found that progress in several districts was nil. As per the press release, the physical progress in renewal of works in nine districts — Mathura, Ambedkarnagar, Sultanpur, Gorakhpur, Deoria, Kushinagar, Banda, Kannauj and Prabudhnagar — was nil. The financial progress in Kannauj, Muzaffarnagar, Prabudhnagar, Chitrakoot, Varanasi and Ballia was also very poor.

Shivpal also stated that files are kept pending in PWD secretariat for months. The release said that Shivpal directed the principal secretary, PWD, that no file should be kept pending for more than two days in the department and for seven days in finance department else the responsibility will be fixed.

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