Vol. 5 Num 289 Sun. March 20, 2005  

Auditing Rajuk 10 years too late
A deeper and wider probe needed
What's going on in Rajuk? Internal auditing has resumed after a lapse of 10 years, and the very surprising news is that over 200 highly important files have disappeared from it in the interregnum, indicating the depths into which corruption can sink in an institution.

It is really strange that the working and financial dealings of an organisation that plays a pivotal role in real estate management have gone unmonitored for a full decade. All because of the fact that an office order was passed to keep the important exercise on hold. Now the question to ask is under what authority the order was passed and who did it.

Rajuk's activities have changed the city landscape during the last 10 years. They have turned residential plots into commercial ones and allotted reclaimed or filled up low-lands to people, deviating from urban plans and impinging on environmental norms. So, Rajuk has worked as the central institution, determining which way the city would grow and how, with the DCC playing a peripheral role.

Against the backdrop, while welcoming the resumption of audit, we would urge the government to institute a wider and deeper probe into all kinds of activities undertaken by Rajuk during the last 10 years. It is a matter of great concern that the missing files contained vital information regarding Rajuk's financial transactions. It would be in the fitness of things for the government to have a task force go into the Rajuk affairs, so that (a) the suspected foul play is fully unearthed and the culprits are punished; and (b) the organisation is overhauled to enable it to play its designated role under some effective supervisory authority.

The response to the syndrome of missing files must be a vigorous one because it is symptomatic of eating into the vitals of an organisation crucially responsible for urban development into the new millennium.