Nagpur: The Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has come up with words of wisdom for the senior authorities in the cash-starved Nagpur Municipal Corporation, saying that instead of awaiting the government grants, the civic body should instead focus on strengthening their sources of income. The officials were caught sleeping over the issues bothering the NMC revenues, however the single most post bearer turned out to be serious about the concerns being raised by the chief minister who addressed the NMC’s high level delegation. Sensing the lackadaiasical attitude of senior officers, Fadnavis has now shouldered the responsibility of bailing out sinking NMC to an efficient office bearer Avinash Thakre, who earlier was being sidelined by ruling party leadership in the civic body.
Insiders informed that Thakre has clearly told the chief minister that he be allowed free hand to deal with the situation. It may be mentioned that Thakre is currently chairing the committee related to taxes. This committee is currently commanding the position much higher than committees relating to mayor, standing committee and transportation. The reason behind this move was obvious – NMC has been currently facing financial upheavel due to several anomalies as well as the undue interference of the office bearers and corporators, that has marred smooth functioning of NMC.
It may be mentioned that Thakre’s preference for quality work and upright way of functioning has been bothering many in the ruling circles. Sources said that even the political hinderance stalled the work of Thakre’s independent office room at NMC headquarters whereas other defunct chairmen of other committees were alloted spruced up office chambers.
Anguished over the developments, Thakre got active in social works. It was believed that BJP high command was pondering over the assigning Thakre with the huge responsibility of some board too.
Meanwhile, the said development has sent the concerned officials in jitters.
NMC watchdogs thrive on side business
Sources informed that most of the post bearers and former officer bearers and corporators in NMC has adopted to alternate means of income in the civic body. These men have indulged into various other works like electrification, public relation, hospital works, road contracts, survey and human resources.