April 23, 2015 1:02:11 am
Corporators from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) opposed the state government’s likely interference in weekly audits conducted in the corporation. According to the corporators, municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte has issued a letter to the government asking for directives in relation to hiring auditors for the civic body.
Sandeep Deshpande, corporator from the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) who raised the issue in the standing committee meeting on Wednesday said, “The expenditure and appointments fall under the purview of the standing committee. With the BMC reducing the number of people appointed in the audit department, there are already a lot of vacant posts. If the state government interferes in such an important task, then it would mean demeaning the committee’s powers.”
This is the third time in the last few months where Deshpande has pointed out anomalies in the functioning of the audit department. Last time, the corporator had raised a point of order stating that the audit department has failed to conduct regular checks in the last five years.
Yashodhar Phanse, standing committee chairman, however, said that the state government can select the chief auditor for the corporation but that should not mean usurping the BMC’s power in conducting regular audits. Phanse said, “The chief auditor appointed by the government may be able to cover only five per cent of audits. Our officials who have been doing this job for so many years should also be a part of the system.”
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