Nagpur: Promotion issue is likely to generate heat in the next General Body Meeting (GBM) of Nagpur Municipal Corporation to be held on Monday (April 18). In fact, the issue was on agenda of the last GBM but was sidelined without any plausible reason but with ‘hidden agenda.’ However, the April 18 GBM is certain to ‘cross all hurdles’ and promotions could be bestowed on select few as a “deal.”
NMC may sign a 30-year pact with SAI:
Setting up of a National Sports Training Institute in the city was in the pipeline since long. Talks after talks were going on but ice was not being broken. Now, concerted efforts have been initiated and the proposal is likely to see the daylight. NMC has now shown its readiness to allot 140.77 acre land for setting up of Divisional Centre of the National Sports Training Institute with a tie-up with Sports Authority of India (SAI). An agreement between NMC and SAI is on the cards for a 30-year lease of the land at the rate of Re 1 per annum. The proposal in this regard is likely to be tabled in the next GBM. Approval is a foregone conclusion. NMC has taken this decision to boost sporting activities in the city in accordance with the Section 66(10) of Maharashtra Municipal Corporations Act.
The Regional Centre of SAI and the Divisional Centre of National Sports Training Institute could be set up within the limits of NMC. The centres could prove an appropriate platform for emerging players as well as coaches to hone their skills. A huge money is expected to be incurred on the venture hence NMC has shown its readiness to provide SAI the land on lease at a nominal rate. The plan is to allot 28.48 acre land in Mauza Vathoda and 112.29 acre land in Mauza Tarodi (Khurd) for the institute and centre respectively.
Facelift of PR Department:
Sources said that the Mayor has drwan a plan to give Public Relations Department a facelift and make it up to date to adjust a specific man of his. But the question is how the plan is going to be worked out. At present, the PR Department is dotted with employees from other departments and no official or office-bearer is showing guts to transfer them to their original departments. The PR Department has become a ‘den’ of all nefarious activities in the absence of any leash.