Corruption in civic body exposed: A mirror image of the rut in PMC's road dept
MiD DAY has learnt that while rules say no employee can work in the same section of the municipal corporation in excess of three years, 451 engineers have managed to hang on to their posts in the 'lucrative' road and construction departments for more than eight years.
It appears Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) employees are more engrossed in fixing their tenures than the city’s ramshackle roads. And they don’t mind flouting a few rules in the process.
As per the Bombay Provincial Municipal Corporation (BPMC) Act, no staff member of the civic body can work for more than three years in the same department, keeping in mind administrative convenience.
However, it has been revealed that 451 engineers of PMC have been working in the road and construction wings for over eight years. Hierarchy has also been tossed out of the window, as many junior engineers have been promoted ahead of turn.
While raising this very issue, Congress corporator Avinash Bagawe has demanded detailed information about the staff engineers. According to details provided by municipal commissioner Mahesh Pathak currently 451 engineers are working in the same department for more than eight years.
More interestingly, 263 engineers, who have been transferred, at least on paper, are drawing salaries from their new departments while holding on to their original posts. “Corruption and vested interests are involved in the promotion and transfer of employees.
We have observed that many junior engineers are managing to jump the queue without possessing the requisite qualification and experience. Engineers who support senior officials get promotion out of turn. We have presented this issue in front of leaders from various parties and have demanded strict action,” said Bagawe.
“We have discussed this matter in the party meeting and instructed the municipal commissioner to give a detailed report, which is expected on August 19. The government rules should be followed and we have demanded that all the necessary transfers should be made immediately,” said NCP leader in PMC Subhash Jagtap.