The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation civic administration is in the eye of a storm following allegations that it is hiding important directives,letters and reports sent by the state government by not forwarding the information to the civic general body.
A delegation of Shiv Sena,which levelled the allegations,on Tuesday met Municipal Commissioner Dr Shrikar Pardeshi and registered a protest against what the party said was the undemocratic and insensitive style of functioning of the civic administration officials. The civic chief said he was not aware of it as he has taken charge only recently. He said he would go into details and then take suitable action, said Sena corporator Seema Savle,who was in the Sena team that met Dr Pardeshi to apprise him of the civic administrations callous attitude towards corporators. The Sena said the state government sends monthly or weekly letters,directives,reports and notifications to civic bodies across Maharashtra. The letters or directives carry important policy decisions to be taken or implemented by the respective civic bodies. However,what has been observed is that the administration never places these letters or directives before the civic general body. The administration on its own decides to implement government orders without corporators having any knowlege of them. Therefore,the corporators never come to know of it until the administration brings the decisions to effect, said Savle and demanded that the undemocratic practice be brought to a halt forthwith.
Citing the BPMC Act,Savle said it was mandatory for the Municipal Secretarys office to place details of government directives in civic general body meetings. This is to help corporators study a matter and raise points during the debate in general body meetings, Savle said.
Shiv Sena leader Sarang Kamtekar,citing an example,said,The housing for the poor being implemented in Pradhikaran area is a case in point. The project was started without anybody knowing about defence notifications marking the area as Red Zone. The Defence claimed that a copy of the notification was forwarded to PCMC. If that was the case,how come nobody was aware of it? The project has landed in trouble. This is an example of why all communications from the state government should be placed in the civic general body meeting.
Former corporator Amar Mulchandani said if the civic officials are found withholding valuable information or communication,they should be punished. It is improper of the civic administration to keep corporators in the dark on vital communications from the state government. The action violates the BPMC Act, he said.