Bihar engineer gets pay from 3 posts for 30 yrs


Bihar engineer gets pay from 3 posts for 30 yrs
Ramashankar TNN


An assistant engineer of Bihar government worked simultaneously in three different posts and drew salaries from two departments for more than three decades. In each post, he also got time-bound promotions.

However, Suresh Ram (in pic), a resident of Babhaul village in Patna district, ran out of luck recently, thanks to the comprehensive financial management system (CFMS). With the new financial tool registering details like Aadhaar, date of birth and PAN of all Bihar government employees, his fraud came to light.

Based on a complaint by Suresh’s colleague Madhusudan Kumar Karn, an executive engineer in the building construction department, an FIR was lodged against the former at Kishanganj police station last week.

Suresh, who was scheduled to retire in a couple of years, is on the run. Kishanganj SP Kumar Ashish said on Friday that a team headed by sub-divisional police officer Akhilesh Singh has been set up to arrest him.

Engineer had two postings in Patna

According to the FIR, a copy of which is with TOI, Suresh was first appointed as junior engineer in state road construction department on February 20, 1988 in Patna. Next year, he was offered a job in the water resources department where he assumed charge in Patna on July 28, 1989. He was offered another job under the water resources department, the same year, and was posted at Bhim Nagar East Embankment in Supaul district.

“Suresh would have retired from the three posts — one after another — had the CFMS not been introduced for the payment of salaries to state government employees,” an official of the road construction department said, requesting anonymity.

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