The work at the several government offices has come to a standstill with many officials engaged in election duty across the city. As many as 40 officials from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) have been trained in the last few days for the election-related work besides 10 food inspectors from Food and Drug Administration (FDA) department have been roped in for preparing voters list.
With 40 MPCB officers on election duty,it is unlikely that any kind of pollution monitoring work will be taken up.
Our officers have been posted at Bhor. They had to undergo training for two days this week while another three days will be set aside for voting and counting. It is not practically possible for us to visit industries or check on routine complaints or even gather information for RTI queries,said a field officer at MPCB.
According to the FDA joint commissioner B R Masal,a total of four drug inspectors are on election duty for the municipal polls. Another ten food safety officers have also been roped in. The work is pending and needs to be completed on a war footing subsequently, Masal said.
Pravin Ashtekar,deputy municipal commissioner and election officer,said there are 21,200 PMC officials on election duty this time. In all there are 250 departments that come under PMC. Officials from all departments have been assigned duty,though the numbers may vary. The 250 departments include banks,schools,colleges,government offices,state government offices and so on, said Ashtekar.
However,there are some departments including water supply department,fire and sanitation department etc that are exempted from election duty. From octroi department,only the octroi chief will be on duty; others are exempted, said Hemant Vitthalrao Nikam,deputy commissioner,Octroi.