Councilor accuses Sr. audit officer of misbehaviour

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
19 May 2017

The Municipal Councillor of Ward no. 6 has accused the Director of Audit Department of maltreatment and ignoring the interests of Phongy Chaung residents. Speaking to this correspondent, Councillor of  Ward no. 6, Smt Protima Banerjee claimed that despite several requests, the Director of Audit has declined to hold interactions with the elected Councillors for redressal of certain grievances of  Phongy Chaung resident. Persistent demands for allotment of  land belonging to the Audit Department for construction of approach road for the safety of more than 500 families have failed to garner the attention of the senior officials of the Central Government agency, she said.
“An RCC wall constructed by APWD divides the residential area of Phongy Chaung and government complex of the Audit Department. But lack of proper maintenance of the retaining wall triggers water logging in the area causing hardships for the Phongy Chaung residents. In view of the situation, a proposal was placed for allotment of  land for construction 2 metre  of approach road in the western part of the colony to enable access to emergency vehicles like fire tenders etc on account of any emergency,” said Smt Banerjee.
“A meeting was also proposed to be held under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary and the Deputy Commissioner to arrive at a decision regarding the proposal. However, the Director of Audit, during a visit to the spot, misbehaved with me and the former Councillor of the area in full public view. Such behaviour is totally unbecoming of a senior government officer like the Director of Audit,” said the Municipal Councillor demanding appropriate action and probe against the Director of Audit through the Sub Divisional Magistrate. She also demanded immediate decision on allotment of  land for construction of the service road adjacent to the residential colony of Audit Department in public interest.