The state government issued a notification last year, in which it specified that the ratio of staff at the Regional Transport Office (RTO) should be increased according to the number of vehicles in the city. However, no such move has been made so far, though the number of vehicles on the road has increased to 23 lakh from 6 lakh over the last 10 years.
The current staff capacity at the RTO is 227, from officers to class IV employees, which is still below the number required, as per the notification. Also, 36 of the 227 posts, including RTO inspector, prosecutor, public relation officer, accountant and others are lying vacant.
The city is known for having the largest number of two-wheelers as compared to other parts of the state, and everyday around 700 new vehicles are being registered.
The current number of auto rickshaws in the city is 23,000. Despite this fact, no staff additions have been made, but in fact it has decreased. Posts of those staff who have been transferred or retired continue to lie vacant.
“In the last year, the State Government had issued notification, which clearly specified that the ratio of staff should be increased according to the number of vehicles in the city.
The recently established Karhad and Akluj RTOs recruited staff according to the number of vehicles. But the decision has not been implemented at the RTOs, which already exist. We have provided all the statistical information about the number of vehicles and ratio of staff. Staff numbers should be increased, as currently there are 227 posts, of which 36 are vacant,” said Deepak Dhaygude, deputy RTO.
Several seized vehicles have been parked on the RTO premises for many years. Due to an inadequate number of security guards on the premises, many thefts have been reported. “The RTO office is situated on a plot that is over one-acre, but only two security guards watch over to premises.
We know it is not sufficient. We have demanded that a different private security agency be appointed. The premises requires a minimum of eight guards, but that is just on paper for the past year,” said Arun Yeola, Pune RTO.