Updated: March 10, 2021 7:25:31 pm
Two top officials of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation will be divested of all their powers following allegations of wrongdoings made against them by corporators. The orders to divest them of their powers, especially financial ones, were given by Mayor Usha Dhore at the civic general body meeting on Tuesday.
“I will be taking action against the officials concerned. Right now, I am outside…you will soon come to know about the action taken,” Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil told The Indian Express on Wednesday.
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At the civic general body meeting on Tuesday, corporators alleged that the two officials were responsible for payment of Rs 3.18 crore to Sparsh Hospital when it did not treat a single patient. The hospital had submitted a bill of Rs 5 crore.
Ordering that the two officials be divested of all their powers, the mayor said, “An investigation should be conducted into the payment of bill to Sparsh Hospital. A report regarding this should be presented before the next civic general body meeting.”
“Those who looted public money in the name of bills should be investigated and blacklisted. We need to ensure honest and transparent administration. The administration should spare no effort in ensuring that the probe is conducted as early as possible,” she told the municipal commissioner.
The civic chief said. “…I will not tolerate corruption. The moment I come across any wrongdoing, I will initiate a detailed probe”.
During the meeting, several civic officials — Additional Municipal Commissioner Ajit Pawar, PCMC health chief Dr Anil Roy, Additional Health chief Dr Pavan Salve and neurosurgeon Dr Amit Wagh — were criticised by the corporators. However, one group of corporators also supported the officials while another group made allegations against them.
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