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Declare assets,Zagade tells staff

Employees as well as officials of the Pune Municipal Corporation will henceforth have to declare their assets,which could be viewed by the public.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
August 1, 2009 12:55:45 am

Employees as well as officials of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will henceforth have to declare their assets,which could be viewed by the public. Civic chief Mahesh Zagade has issued a circular to this effect recently.

With the circular,officials including the Class I and Class II as well as the employees will have to submit the documents to the civic body. With this move,the assets of these officials will come before public scrutiny.

Right to Information (RTI) activists have since long been demanding the introduction of this move at the civic body. They were saying that like the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC),this could be brought into implementation at the PMC.

This circular excludes only the Class IV employees. The officials will now have to submit their assets with the properties purchased in the name of their close relatives of family members.

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Meanwhile,state government has released union government’s share of Rs 216 crore to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) for carrying out various civic works under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

A government resolution (GR) has been passed by the state recently in this regard.

“With these funds,the civic administration,that has been facing hard financial crunch,will get some relief and the contractors,who had not been paid despite completing the civic works,will be given their dues,” Congress leader Ulhas Bagul told reporters on Friday.

The union government has given its share to the state government. Bagul said,“City MP Suresh Kalmadi put in efforts to get these funds from the state government and Chief Minister Ashok Chavan also readily gave consent and issued a GR in this regard.”

Out of the Rs 216 crore,Rs 108 crore had been used for CYG,Rs 59 crore for Bus rapid Transit System (BRTS),Rs 25 crore for stormwater drains,Rs 17 crore for river improvement and Rs 10 crore for setting for sewage treatment plant (STP).

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