Nagpur: The adjourned General Body Meeting of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) was held on Tuesday at 11 am at Town Hall in Mahal. As the meeting started, former Mayor demanded to send back those officials who have been appointed in the civic body on deputation to their original departments. He further demanded to promote and deploy NMC’s own officials at these vacant places. Datke also demanded to send back two trainee Deputy Municipal Commissioners to their parent departments as their tenures in the civic body has ended. Acting on the demands of Datke, the Mayor Nanda Jichkar directed the administration to initiate necessary steps in this regard.
Datke further said that the NMC administration has been showing the officials of the civic body as ‘incompetent’ and appointed officials of other departments on deputation specifically in the vacatnt posts of Finance Department since years. This dubious practice is depriving the NMC’s own officials of their rights. “Two trainee officials of Deputy Commissioner level have been deployed in the civic body. The tenure of these two officials has ended. The State Government has written to the NMC informing it that the government will not bear salaries of the two officials now and the civic body will have to pay salaries if it want to continue them,” Datke stated.
The former Mayor demanded to send back two trainee Deputy Municipal Commissioners to their parent departments and promote and deploy NMC’s own officials on the vacant posts. If the competent officials are not available then fill up the posts with direct recruitment, he demanded. Following Datke’s demand, the Mayor directed the administration to initiate necessary steps in this regard.
Short of manpower affecting tax recovery target:
Congress Corporator Sandeep Sahare raised the question of hundreds of posts vacant in Property Tax Department and deploying of its employees in other departments. He claimed that the tax recovery target is not being achieved since many years due lack of manpower in Property Tax Department. Sahare demanded bringing back of employees working in other departments as well as recruitment on the vacant posts. In the past, one employee of the department was assigned the responsibility of 800-1000 houses. Even today, only one employee is looking after 15,000-20,000 houses. Due to massive workload, the employees have been unable to give justice to their responsibilities.
Burrewar in, Sable out:
The tenure of Standing Committee is of one year. The tenure of members of 2018-19 is ending in the first week of March. The general body has selected 7 members for the Standing Committee. This includes five members of BJP, two members of Congress and one member of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).Since Harsha Sable of Congress had not tendered her resignation, the third member of the party was not nominated. But today Sable resigned from the committee but the Congress did not announce any name in her place. Congress has nominated Gargi Chopra and Dinesh Yadav as members. On the other hand, BSP has a member in the Standing Committee every year. This year, Sanjay Burrewar has made it to the committee. Burrewar was originally a BJP worker but since he was denied ticket, he had contested the NMC poll on BSP ticket and won it.
The Senior Corporator of ruling party Satish Holay created ripples in the General Body Meeting by claiming injustice being meted out to a “Shift Engineer.” He further charged the NMC administration of violating rules and regulations flagrantly. Following the allegations, the Mayor directed the Additional Commissioner to probe the matter and submit report in the next meeting.