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    Published On : Fri, Mar 28th, 2014

    NMC Commissioner takes half-hearted steps, creates more problems on RCH Scheme issue

    Finally, the Additional Municipal Commissioner Hemant Pawar on March 26 issued an order thereby informing the employees working under RCH Scheme that the Scheme will be terminated on April 25.

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    Nagpur News: The flashing of a report by Nagpur Today on the issue of Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) Scheme run by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) despite General Body Meeting’s decision to discontinue the Scheme citing a series of irregularities in the Health Department of the civic body, forced the NMC Commissioner Shyam Wardhane to act. However, according to sources, the top NMC boss took the half-hearted measures and subsequently created more problems. Wardhane put his signatures on the long pending RCH related files on March 12 after the matter got exposed on March 8 but left the further process in cold storage. On the other hand, a word is being spread that the employees working under RCH Scheme would be issued one month’s notice thereby informing them of discontinuation of the Scheme.

    According to terms and conditions of contract service, it is mandatory for employer and the employee to give one month’s notice before ending the service contract or one month’s remuneration in lieu thereof. This rule should also apply to NMC. However, Wardhane is buying time in the name of Moral Code of Conduct being in force for Lok Sabha elections and is planning something messy.

    Finally, the Additional Municipal Commissioner Hemant Pawar on March 26 issued an order thereby informing the employees working under RCH Scheme that the Scheme will be terminated on April 25.

    It may be recalled, Nagpur Today had flashed a report headlined: “Civic chief continues with RCH scheme against House decision; workers unpaid for 2 months” wherein it was reported “A couple of months after the NMC general body meeting decided to discontinue the Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) Scheme, citing series of irregularities in the Health Department and also highlighting the fact that civic body had not yet undertaken the Memorandum of Understanding with the state government to run this Scheme, the NMC administration has not yet implemented the House decision.

    NMC Commissioner Shyam Wardhane not only carried on with the scheme but also paid salaries to the manpower employed in the scheme through its own pockets. However, the cash starved civic body is now facing difficulties in paying up RCH workers. As a result the RCH workers have not been paid for over two months. Moreover, NMC Commissioner has also raised the budget under RCH head by two and half times while significantly cutting down budget for rest of the schemes.

    BJP Corporator Dayashankar Tiwari along with Sunil Agrawal and Praveen Datke had raised the issue in the civic body’s general meeting over three months ago. In the meeting nodal officer for RCH Dr. Anil Chivhane admitted the fact that MoU was not signed yet in this regard.  Later, Agrawal escalated the matter in health committee meet.

    However NMC administration remained adamant on keeping RCH without signing MoU and sent the proposal twice at the general body meet. On December 4, 2013 the proposal was rejected for the second time. Then the House cited serious irregularities in the health department. At present the proposal has been lying pending with NMC Commissioner Shyam Wardhane who was reportedly reluctant to call off the scheme.”

    The report also contained other facts.


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