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PMC accused of violating government resolution

It has been learnt that the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has been accused of violating norms laid by the state while conducting examination for the post of the sanitary inspector (SI). While the exam was held in April, interviews of shortlisted candidates would be conducted next week. The exam was conducted for 16 vacant posts.

Rushikesh Balgude of the Youth Congress alleged that despite the examination being of 200 marks, the PMC conducted only a 90-mark examination, and even wrote an objection letter to municipal commissioner and other civic authorities.


Allegations levelled: Youth Congress member Rushikesh Balgude alleged that despite the examination for appointment of sanitary ispectors (SIs) being of 200 marks, the PMC conducted only a 90-mark examination, and even wrote an objection letter to municipal commissioner and other civic authorities. FILE PIC

“The PMC conducted examination for sanitary inspector posts on March 17 at a school in Yerwada. But the examination held was only for 90 marks instead of 200, as per the government resolution (GR),” said Balgude, of Youth Congress. MiD DAY has copy of the GR regarding the same.

Explaining the resolution, Balgude said as per the GR there should be a 90 marks examination for the post of a carpenter or a driver.

“For posts higher than these, a 200-mark examination including subjects like Marathi, English, GK and Arithmetic is the norm. Each of the subjects is for 50 marks. Besides, an oral exam for 25 marks is a must. But the PMC is going to take keep the viva for just 10 marks,” Balgude said.

According to a source from the department, despite issuing a syllabus for the examination that includes topics like health department and solid waste management, hardly 30 per cent questions were asked on health and solid waste management.

Questions on subjects like Marathi, English and Arithmetic, among others, were missing. The claimed that despite the recruitment department received letter informing its officials about the violation during examination, no action was taken. The post of a SI is considered to be an important one as it is similar to that of a junior clerk. Moreover, SIs work in important departments like solid waste management and health.

“Considering the importance of the post, the PMC should have conducted a proper examination. I’ll be taking up the issue with department concerned,” Balgude said.

PMC Sevak Varga Officer K G Bhojane said about 479 candidates appeared for the test of which 361 candidates gave the written examination. “After the results were announced, 66 candidates were shortlisted for the interview on May 27. For furher details on the issue, contact deputy municipal commissioner,” Bhojane said. 

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