Ex- cor­po­ra­tors yet to re­turn tablets

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVIMUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CBD BELAPUR: Even as Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion ( NMMC) is strug­gling to suc­ceed in its plans to go pa­per­less, for­mer cor­po­ra­tors are yet to re­turn the tablets.

The tablets were is­sued to them dur­ing their ten­ure in the last house of the civic body.

The NMMC ad­min­is­tra­tion could suf­fer fi­nan­cial losses ow­ing to this. Dur­ing the 201015 ten­ure of NMMC, the then mayor Sagar Naik had pro­posed the idea of dis­tribut­ing tablets to cor­po­ra­tors and of­fi­cials.

Cor­po­ra­tors and of­fi­cials would get the agenda of the meet­ings on the tabs. A to­tal of 122 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 89 cor­po­ra­tors, were given tablets. A spe­cial ap­pli­ca­tion was de­vel­oped to en­able the cor­po­ra­tors to read the agenda eas­ily.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion had spent over Rs45 lakh on the pro­ject. How­ever, the plan was not im­ple- mented. Mean­while, civic elec­tions were held in April last year.

It has been 11 months since the polls, but the for­mer cor­po­ra­tors have not re­turned the tablets.“The tablets have to be re­turned af­ter the ten­ure ends. Some prob­a­bly did not know to this and thought it was given to them for good,” said an NMMC of­fi­cial, re­quest­ing anonymity.

He said, “How­ever, even the cor­po­ra­tors who have been re-elected don’t seem to be us­ing the tablets.”

Cur­rently, of the pre­vi­ous body 49 cor­po­ra­tors or their rel­a­tives are in the house. A to­tal of 25 cor­po­ra­tors have been re­elected. The wives of 13 for­mer cor­po­ra­tors have been elected and hus­bands of nine for­mer cor­po­ra­tors have been elected. Two cor­po­ra­tors are chil­dren of for­mer cor­po­ra­tors.

By the be­gin­ning of this week, 13 peo­ple had re­turned the tablets. Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Di­nesh Waghmare said, “We are hope­ful that all for­mer cor­po­ra­tors will re­turn their tablets soon.”

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