Almost a month after the new civic body was formed and despite repeated reminders,64 of the 227 corporators from the previous term are yet to return their official laptops to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
These include current corporator and health committee chairman Geeta Gawli,Vandana Gawli,MLA,and Congress leader Aslam Shaikh. The names also include Gautam Sable,S Annamalai,Mangala Gaikwad and Ajit Raorane who made way for their family members to contest on their seats which they lost to reservation in this years polls.
The BMC had given laptops to 227 corporators and some top officers at a cost of Rs 1.13 crore in 2009. The objective was to provide corporators online access to proposals coming up for discussion in various civic committees.
Municipal secretary Mrudula Kulkarni said,These corporators have been sent reminders to return the laptops or buy them from the BMC. We have sent them a final notice and set a deadline until April 15,after which we will take action against them.
A senior official said,As most of the corporators who have not returned the laptops have either not contested or lost the elections,they do not have any accountability.
After sending them reminders in January,the BMC had told the corporators to return the laptops or buy them. While the cost of each laptop is Rs 52,000,the civic administration had asked them to pay Rs 24,275.
Those corporators paid the amount inlcude ex-mayor and Shiv Sena corporator Shraddha Jadhav,Shiv Sena MLA Ravindra Waikar,Congress corporator Pravin Chheda,previous term corporator and MLA Rajhans Singh,BJP leader Ashish Shelar and previous term corporator and citizen candidate Adolf DSouza.
Earlier,the civic administration had warned them that they would not be allowed to contest elections unless they paid or return the laptops. However,the civic body allowed them to contest but asked for the laptops to be returned after elections.
According to a senior civic official,while the BMC is yet to decide the course of action against these corporators,as the last resort,those who do not pay or return the laptops will have to pay additional property tax and the amount will be adjusted accordingly.