PCMC chief has decided to shuffle as many as 300 clerks and officials working in the same departments for years
Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Shrikar Pardeshi has shunted out as many as 74 chief clerks from various departments. The move aims at breaking the nexus between officials,clerks and contractors,said civic officials. In all,he has decided to shuffle as many as 300 clerks and officials working in the same departments for years.
Pardeshi on Monday issued orders to transfer 74 chief clerks who were working in the same departments of the civic body for years. The fact that these many clerks were working in the same departments for years came to light after the civic chief initiated a survey on the functioning of the civic body after he assumed charge at PCMC,officials said. The civic chief was startled to find out that large number of employees were working in the same departments for years when they should not have been there for more than three years,a norm stipulated by the state government,they said.
If an employee remains in the same department,it leads to an unwanted nexus… the civic chief said.
According to PCMC spokesperson Kiran Gaikwad,the head clerks who were transferred on Monday were working in the departments such as octroi,property tax and medical for 8-12 years. All these departments are the main sources of PCMC revenue with octroi raking over Rs 1000 crore annually.
The transfer of clerks is the first step initiated by new civic chief to clean up the system,officials said. Confirming his plan,Pardeshi said at least 300 employees will be placed in other departments.
The transfer of 74 head clerks was done as part of the first phase. There will be more transfers of clerks and officials, the civic chief said.
PCMC has as many as 9,135 employees. Officials said the civic body has a shortage of 1,668 employees. According to senior civic officials,as many as 600 employees in medical department,170 in secondary education and 160 in octroi have been working in the same departments for 3-20 years.
Officials said 1,900 clerks and officers have been found to be working in the same departments. The civic chief,however,said he wont transfer all 1,900 of them.
PCMC administrative officer Amrut Sawant said the administration has initiated steps to follow the transfer norms rigorously. This will help reinvigorate various departments, he said.
However,the ruling Nationalist Congress Party has struck a discordant note. NCP city president Yogesh Behl said the party approved of the transfers of Class I and Class II employees,but the civic chief should reo-think before en-masse transfer of Class III and Class IV employees. These employees are well-versed with their departments and the area they work in. At least employees in drainage,octroi and sanitation departments should not be transferred on a mass scale. Otherwise,it will affect civic services, Behl said.
Welcoming the move,Manav Kamble of the Nagrik Haqq Surakshi Samiti,said,This is first such step taken by any municipal commissioner of Pimpri-Chinchwad. In the past,the civic chiefs made efforts but those were half-hearted and had to retrace their steps due to political pressure, Kamble said.
He said it is a big challenge to break the deep-rooted nexus that exists in PCMC and if Pardeshi succeeds in doing so,he will be doing a great service to the industrial town.