Owing to the staff crunch ahead of the civic elections, starting January, employees of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will not be entitled to take leave till conclusion of the municipal elections. Municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta took the decision to also ensure that daily citizen services remain unaffected during the polls from January till completion of the elections. The list of day-to-day works of the BMC includes water supply, garbage collection, road repairs among others.
Civic officials stated that there are 8,500 voter booths which will be functional during the BMC polls and at least five civic officials will be required to supervise each. Over and above the booths, an additional 10 per cent officials have been reserved for emergency cases.
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Cumulatively, around 50,000 officials will be required for election-related duties and most of these officials will be from the BMC.
“Considering the requirement of officials, the daily functioning of the BMC cannot be interrupted. As an administrative measure, the municipal commissioner Mehta has issued orders to not grant any leave for the officers and the junior-rung staff members from January 2017 till completion of the elections,” said a civic official.
The BMC estimates that filing nominations for civic polls is likely to start from the first week of January.