Four years after retirement,former state election commissioner (SEC) Nandlal will finally get benefits of office. This,after the office of the governor issued directives to the state government to restore all rights to the upright retired IAS officer.
During his five-year stint as SEC,Nandlal had an ugly spat with former CM the late Vilasrao Deshmukh,following which the government withheld his allowances.
As per an order of the central government,an SEC is entitled to Rs 3.2 lakh to furnish his/her official residence. But Nandlal did not get this amount even after repeated reminders from Election Commission of India to the state government.
Nandlal pursued the matter with the state government and the governor,who directed the state in May 2012 to clear his arrears.
It has,however,taken the state one full year to act.
From February 2007,SECs were entitled to similar benefits bestowed on HC judges. The state decided to clear the payment of Rs 3 lakh to former SEC Nandlal, a state government circular said. Nandlal reacted: It was never about money but a fight for my rights.
Who is Nandlal
An IAS officer of 1969 batch,he rubbed a lot of politicians the wrong way as revenue secretary
In March 2006,two years after taking over as SEC,he ordered elections to civic bodies and zilla parishads would be conducted by SEC,not state. MLAs accused him of contempt of House
Nandlal aggravated the situation by not appearing before the privileges committee and was sentenced to seven days imprisonment
Nandlal accused then CM Vilasrao Deshmukh of getting back at him for not conceding his demand for delimitation of his constituency Latur