Raigad se­cu­rity board plans to re­cruit 1,000 per­son­nel

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVIMUMBAI - Ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The state in­for­ma­tion com­mis­sioner has taken Cidco to task over dilly dal­ly­ing in pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion un­der the Right to In­for­ma­tion (RTI) Act to an ap­pli­cant.

Cidco’s gen­eral man­ager (ad­min­is­tra­tion) SB Desh­mukh has been charged un­der the RTI Act and pe­nalised Rs10,000. The sig­nif­i­cant de­ci­sion was given by the Konkan bench of the state in­for­ma­tion com­mis­sioner.

RTI ac­tivist Vikas Parshuram Patil had, on Jan­uary 22, 2012, sub­mit­ted an RTI ap­pli­ca­tion to Cidco’s Land and Sur­vey depart­ment.

He had then asked for de­tails of the 12.5% scheme plots dis­trib­uted in Ulwe. The in­for­ma­tion was not given to him.

Patil said, “I ap­proached the first ap­pel­late author­ity, where, too, I did not get the ex­pected re­ply. Through the sec­ond ap­peal on May 27, 2013, I di­rectly ap­proached the state in­for­ma­tion com­mis­sion.”

He said, “On Oc­to­ber 20, the Konkan bench gave a fi­nal or­der in the case. Desh­mukh was pe­nalised for not ap­point­ing a pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer. The bench has or­dered that the fine be re­cov­ered from his salary in two monthly in­stal­ments.”

A so­cial worker said, “Cidco has 20 de­part­ments to run its af­fairs. Th­ese de­part­ments re­ceive a num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions for in­for­ma­tion on a daily ba­sis. As there is lit­tle in­for­ma­tion on who is the in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer in which depart­ment and who the ap­pel­late author­ity is leads to a lot of has­sle for ap­pli­cants.”

He said, “As per sec­tion 4 of the RTI Act, it is manda­tory that the names of the pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer and ap­pel­late author­ity are clearly dis­played at a prom­i­nent place in the of­fice premises. Cidco has, how­ever, not fol­lowed the norm.”

The so­cial worker said, “Sim­ply putting up de­tails on the web­site is not go­ing to help all the ap­pli­cants as many are not net savvy.”

Cidco of­fi­cials re­fused to com­ment.

A se­cu­rity guard job was not in much de­mand for most youth till re­cently in Pan­vel. How­ever, with the Raigad se­cu­rity guard board pro­mot­ing the ser­vices in the re­gion, the youth are be­gin­ning to look at it as a good op­tion.

The board has sent a pro­posal for fresh re­cruit­ments to the gov­ern­ment. The pro­posal is ex­pected to pro­vide jobs to an ad­di­tional 1,000 youth in the re­gion.

Raigad dis­trict has a num­ber of pri­vate com­pa­nies, gov­ern­ment and semi-gov­ern­ment of­fices. Apart from them, JNPT, ONGC, iron and steel mar­ket, Cidco, FCI and other such ma­jor es­tab­lish­ments are also here.

Ear­lier, th­ese com­pa­nies em­ployed se­cu­rity guards through pri­vate agen­cies. How­ever, there were a num­ber of com­plaints of the guards be­ing fi­nan­cially ex­ploited. Hence, in 2002, the se­cu­rity guard board was es­tab­lished in Raigad as well, on the lines of a sim­i­lar body in Mum­bai.

The board be­gan func­tion­ing in 2006 and has 1,950 guards reg­is­tered with it. The se­cu­rity board gives pri­or­ity to the lo­cal youth. They are given req­ui­site train­ing.

Both the gov­ern­ment and pri­vate es­tab­lish­ments have started get­ting reg­is­tered with the se­cu­rity board. The board has pre­pared a pro­posal for ad­di­tional re­cruit­ments and sent to the labour depart­ment. As soon as the ap­proval comes in, the re­cruit­ment process will be­gin. Once re­cruited, the guards get sanc­tion for jobs through the board. The es­tab­lish­ments reg­is­tered with the board re­cruit the guards. The guards are bound not with the es­tab­lish­ments but the board. Hence the jobs are per­ma­nent and the es­tab­lish­ments can­not sack them.

The se­cu­rity guards get Rs12,000 as salary with the su­per­vi­sor get­ting Rs14,000. Apart from this, ev­ery six months dear­ness al­lowance is given and there are other fa­cil­i­ties too.

Shyam Joshi, chair­man of Raigad dis­trict se­cu­rity guard board said, “With the se­cu­rity board’s work com­ing to light, there is grow­ing con­fi­dence in it amongst the lo­cals who are ap­proach­ing us for jobs and also com­pa­nies with their re­quire­ments.”

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