New Delhi. The MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) has successfully transferred 3,400 employees with corruption cases pending against them. Keen to minimize the impact of the dubious officials, the corporation has moved them en mass to the department which carries out the least work: the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).
The introduction of the corrupt staff into the ACU last week has had an instant and profound effect.
Formerly understaffed, the ACU used to carry out a few investigations into the dealings of MCD officials and local businessmen per week; however, thanks to the influx of new staff, around 5,000 such investigations now occur each week. However, an ACU spokesman admitted that around 4,500 of these cases are dropped after a single “field meeting”, often carried out in the back of an Ambassador late in the evening.
The transfer has also proved popular with the transferred staff. In just a week at the ACU, Sukumar Prasad, 45, has transformed his small office next to the broom cupboard into a mock Rococo boudoir complete with chandelier and butler.
“We only pay him Rs.15,000 per month,” said his supervisor, “he must have got a good deal on all that plasterwork and that chez long.” MCD leaders set up an inquiry into reports of room and mini-bar services being offered to staff at the ACU premises, but concluded that nothing was amiss as the services were being paid for by ACU staff.
“We are very pleased with the results of the mass transfer,” said an MCD spokeswoman, “the ACU is now taken seriously and all MCD officials and business leaders must plan for investigations by the unit.”
Business leaders are also pleased with the boom in ACU activities.
“I used to be very corrupt and bribe MCD officials on a regular basis,” admitted Dinesh Bhoir, a successful businessman, “but now that I do business with my new friends in the Anti-Corruption Unit as well as my old contacts at the MCD, I’m happy that my dealings are all above board, official and non-corrupt, or at least that’s what they told me when I gave them this new ‘anti-corruption fee’ you have to pay.”
Critics of the transfer have likened it with “putting an alcoholic in charge of a brewery” – some even went as far as to say that it was as bad as “putting Phil Tufnell in charge of a cricket bat” – however, the MCD has countered these criticisms by claiming that the corrupt employees would do well in the ACU as they are “experts in the field”.