PMC chief accountant Ulka Kalaskar is the first woman to hold the position that controls the finance of the civic body—a whopping Rs 5,748 crore for 2016-17.
In her seventh year in the position, Kalaskar has reasons to rejoice as she could cope up with all possible pressure associated with the job. “The times were tough at the beginning as I was the first chief accountant of PMC. The only thing that saw me through was my commitment towards work,” she said.
Kalaskar said, “The acceptance of me as chief accountant came after those putting pressure realised the quality work done by me. I have been firm on my decisions and it sent a strong signal for everyone.” The way we deal with colleagues eases the situation and fortunately they have been cooperative towards me, she added.
“There is no way a woman should lose her control over the situation whether it’s with colleagues or dealing with politicians,” Kalaskar said, adding that the situation in PMC is changing with more women taking up jobs in the civic body.
“More educated women are taking up jobs in PMC and so the civic body to is slowly witnessing a change in the administrative set-up. There is so much that women can contribute towards the development of the city through a job in PMC and I am hopeful that would take place,” she said.