The government has received a letter from a citizens’ forum stating that there is a shortfall of IAS officers in the city to handle the various departments. The association of Nagar Road Citizens’ Forum has written to the Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Praveen Pardeshi, and Chief Secretary Swadeen Kshatriya, that Pune is being treated as a “step child”.
Forum convener Qaneez Sukhrani in the letter related several instances of IAS officers not being appointed for tackling various particular issues or projects for the city. She stated that it was “unfortunate and disappointing” that the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) is not treating Pune “very seriously” and officers are not being appointed on time with regard to the growth envisaged for the city.
Sukhrani cited examples of how the state government has to focus on transport but for the PMPML, the new appointee has not taken charge over from Abhishek Krishna after a month. “In the last 8 years, 10 CMDs were appointed but have never stayed because the state has not been serious about strengthening the public transport body, which is just a fledgling institute today,” she said. She said the government has failed to appoint three IAS officers as additional municipal commissioners for the PMC. The posts are created but the state government has not given qualified professionals, Sukhrani said.
She said the transfer of “able” officer Omprakash Bakoria to another city even as activists had protested against it was another example of the government not treating Pune “seriously”.
She said several other departments have heads who have two important posts just like the additional commissioner who holds land, estate and general while the recently appointed additional commissioner has been appointed the CEO of Pune Smart City Development Corporation.
The forum pointed out that the municipal commissioner is holding additional charge as CMD, PMPML and is also the director of the Smart City project.
The letter states that this is an example of the “lackadaisical” attitude of the government and feels that the “current performance of the administration and management is not directly proportionate to the expectations that the citizens have”.