CRACKING the whip on Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) members producing false eligibility documents, the civic body, for the first time, recovered the monthly honorarium and allowances given to two elected representatives, who were later disqualified as members of the civic body for furnishing wrong details.
While Kalpana Bhairat of MNS was disqualified as corporator of PMC in 2013,Bharat Chaudhari of Shiv Sena lost his membership of PMC in 2015 as their caste certificates were found invalid. Both were elected from the reserved category seat in 2012 civic polls.
The PMC pays honorarium of Rs 7,500 per month to each of the 157 elected representatives. An allowance of Rs 100 is paid for each general body meeting to a maximum of four meetings in a month.
“The PMC has recovered Rs 82,388 from Bahirat and Rs 3,18,913 from Chaudhari after they were declared to be disqualified as corporators of civic body,” said Rajendra Shewale, deputy municipal secretary of PMC.
He said the recovery has been as per the directions of the small cause court and the Election Commission. “This was the first time such kind of recovery has happened,” Shewale said.
As many as five members, who were elected in 2012 civic polls, have been disqualifed so far. Priya Gadade of MNS was disqualified as it was found that a fake birth certificate that put her age below 18 years was submitted during elections. However, she later got re-elected in the bypoll as she had completed the age criteria.
Another member, Bapu Kamble, was disqualified for submitting invalid caste certificate but has managed to get a stay order in the Bombay High Court. Recently, Sena leader Vijay Deshmukh was disqualified for submitting incomplete information on crime registered against him. Shewale said that there was no recovery from Gadade as their were no specific directions from the court and she was later re-elected while Kamble managed to get a stay on his disqualification.
“It was good step to recover the honorarium and allowances from the disqualified members of civic body. This will put a check on those furnishing wrong information in affidavits and nomination during elections. This would make it fair for those following the legalities,” said NCP corporator.
Such situations can be avoided, he said, if the government agencies issuing caste certificate do so before the civic elections. “There is a delay on part of the government agencies in issuing certificates, no objection certificates that are to be submitted to fulfill the criteria for contesting elections,” the corporator said.