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Library in Limbo


Urvashi Gulia,CNN-IBN
Jun 30, 2007 at 12:26pm IST

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New Delhi:Hardayal Municipal Public Library in old Delhi has more employees than members. The 700 employees work here as a result of an election stunt gone wrong.

Former Congress Councilor Ashok Jain, the politician responsible for this mess continues to brazen it out.

“Even if the number of employees are more than required, they should all be given work. It is the job of the management," he says.

The library has just 350 members in all its 31 branches and there are 880 employees, some of whom haven’t been paid for a few months now.

Says a disgruntled library member, Amrendra Singh, "The staff members recruited are so many that they occupy all the chairs and disturb the library members making noise and walking around.”

The former Congress Councilor says the recruitment was done between November 2006 and March 2007 as part of the Sarv Siksha Abhiyan while he was the secretary of the Library.

After losing his seat in the Municipal elections, his master plan found no takers in the new regime.

”There has been no approval or justification made for the recruitment making the library owe rupees eight crore,” says the Mayor, Arti Mehra.

The BJP, which holds sway in the MCD, now wants a CBI enquiry into this episode in the Congress led state government, which is unlikely to yield to the demands.

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