Nagpur: In a blatant violation of prescribed appointment rules, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation and district administration department has crossed the legal limits to get through the appointments at two key posts. Insiders alleged that NMC has deliberately flouted the norms in order to promote NMC employees. The said appointments has been proposed to be done at the post of prosecutor and assistant prosecutor, approved under Maharashtra Municipal Act. The rules pertaining to taking seniority, ranks, merit and qualification has been ignored while favoring the particular individual.
Sources added that the administration department reportedly succumbed to the constant pressure by the legal committee of NMC. The provisions made in the resolution passed on April 12, 1976 has been deliberately sidelined to favour the select staff.
It is learnt that the NMC has proposed to promote Food Inspector VD Kaple to the post of prosecutor while SB Fating has been picked up for the post of assistant prosecutor. The same proposal is likely to be approved in the NMC’s general body meeting on Thursday.
Sources reported that Kaple does not fit in the educational qualification criteria prescribed for the post. Moreover he was given weightage over Fating who scores in seniority over Kaple. Rules suggest that the post of prosecutor should be filled through promotion route, in which any assistant prosector can be promoted to this post. Similarly an advertisement should also given to fill the post of assistant prosecutor.
Reliable sources revealed that last year in October the NMC’s legal consultative committee led by BJP corporator and lawyer Sanjay Balpande, tweaked the norms to fill in the posts. Moreover, neither approved unions were consulted nor the state government’s approval was taken to consider the appointments, sources added.
The legal committee would now put up this proposal in Thursday’s general body meeting.
Social activist Kishore Samudre along with other NMC employees have raised objections over the said unjust means adopted with NMC and administrative authorities to fill the post.
Meanwhile the matter was reported to guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule who had directed the civic administration to probe the issue. However nothing concrete has been initiated even as the proposal has almost reached the stage of approval.