District collector of Jabalpur withholds own salary, sets right example

Karmveer Sharma held himself also accountable for the district’s poor performance in terms of addressing complaints

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The district collector of Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, has set the right example by holding himself partly accountable for the district’s poor performance in terms of resolution of complaints. That is not all, he even stopped his own salary along with the salaries of officers from various departments that have failed to perform up to the mark.

District Collector Karmveer Sharma issued instructions to withhold salaries of officers of departments that have failed to resolve complaints on time. These officers have several pending complaints to attend to, which they have been delaying for more than a 100 days! Therefore, the Collector has ordered that their salaries for the following month be held back, along with his own.

Sharma issued the order during a review meeting at Jabalpur on December 27, 2021, where Sharma was taking stock of the status of pending complaints at the District Panchayat office.

Tehsildars and deputy commissioners of the municipal corporation have also been hauled for being lax, and some of them and are going to have their salaries withheld too. Additionally, they will also be deprived of one salary hike each for not performing their duties.

A district marketing officer who failed to show up for the review meeting has been issued a show cause notice.

The IAS officer has demanded that each and every case received through the CM helpline be looked into and cleared by December 31, 2021.

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