With civic elections round the corner, corporators across all political parties are raising the issues of newly merged villages, including delay in absorption of gram panchayat staff in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).
At the civic general body meeting on Monday, BJP corporator Haridas Charvad said staff of 11 gram panchayats merged in PMC have not got their monthly salary for last six months. “The staff has already started working for PMC since the merger of villages with municipal corporations. However, they have not been paid their salaries, which is leading to serious livelihood issues,” he added.
NCP corporator Baburao Chandere said: “There is a proper procedure to be adopted after extension of civic boundaries. The PMC takes over the office, documents, properties and staff of the gram panchayat that become part of the civic body. There is set rule for it but I don’t know why the civic administration is delaying its implementation and regularisation of staff on pay roll.”
MNS leader Vasant More said the PMC has started levying tax on properties of newly merged villages. “There is hardly any effort to resolve the civic issues of the newly included areas. It seems the villages have been merged only with an eye on forthcoming elections,” he said.
Dipali Dhumal of the NCP said the staff members have suffered due to non-disbursal of salaries. “They are making rounds of PMC and elected representatives but civic administration is doing injustice to them.”
Former deputy mayor Siddarth Dhende said the PMC “has to be careful” while absorbing the staff of gram panchayat.
NCP leader Yogesh Sasane said, “It is wrong to make everyone suffer because of few staff members over whom doubts have been raised.”
Shiv Sena leader Prithviraj Sutar and Congress leader Ulhas Bagul said the delay in absorbing the gram panchayat staff would affect the civic services in the newly merged areas.
Deputy Municipal Commissioner Rajendra Muthe said that the Pune Zila Parishad had furnished a list of 1,122 staff of 23 merged villages but it was withdrawn due to it being challenged in the court.
“Now, the Pune Zila Parishad has assured that the complete list would be submitted to PMC on Wednesday. Thus, there will be no problem in giving their salary after that,” he added.