THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Revenue Department Staff Association (KRDSA) has condemned the Vigilance raid on the village offices on Wednesday and stated the corruption charges levelled against them were baseless.
The reports on the raid are not fully true, said KRDSA president Jayachandran Kallingal and general secretary A Suresh Kumar.
Most village offices do not have enough staff or basic facilities, they said and added that the Association was ready to cooperate with the officials to trace corrupt staff. It was absurd to say that all officials in village offices are corrupt.
They said it was difficult to maintain a cash register on a daily basis when the officials have to collect tax throughout the day till 5 pm. It should be noted that most staff do this work after office hours and in some villages it may not be completed the same day, they said.
The land records have become outdated with the resurvey being stopped. It is under these circumstances that the Vigilance has come out with some findings, they alleged.
The Vigilance in its raids on village offices across the state had found that in some villages the amount collected as tax was not mentioned in the cash book. Delay was found in issuing certificates related to location, income and caste.