Under pressure to complete the civic projects ahead of 2017 civic polls, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) administration faces a tough task to deliver results due to shortage of staff. “”The PMC has at least 2,300 vacant posts in the civic body. This is hampering the delivery of service so the plan is to undertake recruitment in a big way,” said a civic officer.
The number of civic staff getting retired in the coming financial year is further going to increase the problem of shortage of staff, he said, adding the civic budget has been increasing every year and infrastructure projects are being undertaken in a big way to meet public demands. “There is a need of sufficient manpower to implement the budget efficiently. Thus, the vacant positions would be filled up,” he said.
The civic work gets delayed as there is no staff to carry out the necessary administrative process but there is pressure from elected representatives to speed up the project implementation. “It is impossible to expect the civic administration to take up the project implementation on their own. We have to do the follow up to get the work done even though there is budgetary provision made for it,” said Anil Rane of MNS.
The situation is similar for all corporators irrespective of the ruling or opposition party. “If we do not take up the implementation of work with the concerned civic department then it gets ignored. We have to face elections in 2017 and want maximum work done in the available time,” said NCP corporator Vikas Dangat. There is very less time left as the next civic elections might be in February next year, he said, adding that there would be an election code of conduct in operation and a monsoon during which work cannot be done.