Govt nod to fill 1,085 posts in NMMC health cen­tres Stayed res­o­lu­tions in PMC passed: Sena

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­ Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

The state govern­ment on Fri­day gave the sanc­tion for re­cruit­ment in the NMMC health de­part­ment, a de­mand that had been pend­ing for years.

A to­tal of 1,085 posts will be filled up fol­low­ing the sanc­tion giv­ing a boost to the health in­fras­truc­ture in the city.

The civic health ser­vices had in the past over one year de­te­ri­o­rated.

De­spite three new hos­pi­tals at Airoli, Nerul and CBD Be­la­pur be­ing con­structed, they are not yet fully func­tional. The Kopar Khairane and Turbhe mother and child hos­pi­tals have been shut as their di­lap­i­dated build­ings were de­clared dan­ger­ous.

The res­i­dents are get­ting health ser­vices only from the NMMC FRU in Vashi and the ur­ban health posts.

For the past al­most 10 years, sev­eral posts from that of doc­tors to pe­ons have been va­cant. The civic ad­min­is­tra­tion had pre­pared a de­tailed pro­posal for re­cruit­ment of staff and sent to the state govern­ment for ap­proval on July 17, 2015. It had writ­ten to the govern­ment that the 1,085 posts need to be filled at the ear­li­est to pro­vide ef­fi­cient health ser­vices to the citizens.

Lack of ad­e­quate staff was hin­der­ing the start of the three new hos­pi­tals con­structed at a cost of crores of ru­pees. Even the state of the art FACC am­bu­lance has been lying unused for months.

MLA Manda Mha­tre said, “The re­cruit­ment is­sue had been pend­ing for 10 years. The ad­min­is­tra­tion had sent a de­tail re­quest to the govern­ment for sanc­tion. I met chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis and ap­prised him of the sit­u­a­tion.”

She added, “The govern­ment has been quick in re­spond­ing to the need of the peo­ple and sanc­tioned the posts. It will be a boon for the peo­ple of the city in terms of health ser­vices.”

Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Di­nesh Wagh­mare said, “The govern­ment has sanc­tioned the posts that we had asked for. It will help us fur­ther in­crease the ef­fi­ciency of our health ser­vices and pro­vide even bet­ter ser­vices to the peo­ple.”

The Shiv Sena has al­leged that the rul­ing party and some op­po­si­tion mem­bers in Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil have sanc­tioned some res­o­lu­tions that had been stayed in the house.

Shiv Sena cor­po­ra­tor Ramesh Gudekar has al­leged that there were 78 res­o­lu­tions in the house in the meet­ing held on De­cem­ber 17, 2015, of which seven had been stayed. He has al­leged that they too have been sanc­tioned.

Gudekar, who is also the group leader in the house, has ob­jected to the min­utes of De­cem­ber 17, 2015. De­ci­sion was to be made at the time on a re­quest by Li­maye pub­lic li­brary for a grant of Rs1 lakh. Gudekar said there is en­croach­ment by the li­brary which should first be re­moved and only then the grant given.

An­other res­o­lu­tion that had been stayed was of pro­vid­ing an al­ter­na­tive road for Sid­dhiv­inayak Com­plex lo­cated next to Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Samb­haji Ma­haraj ground. How­ever, it was ap­proved in the March 22 gen­eral body meet­ing, he said.

Gudekar said, “Dis­cus­sion had been held on the Rs8,49,548 beau­ti­fi­ca­tion project of Amard­ham cre­ma­to­rium and that is­sue too was kept pend­ing. The ex­pense of Rs7,74,185 for re­pair of bazaar wall had been op­posed. But, the min­utes show it to be ap­proved.”

He added, “Ob­jec­tion was also raised over the in­flated bills of ur­ban un­der­ground gut­ters scheme. It has been al­leged that the work was de­layed due to the con­trac­tor’s and hence there was no case of pay­ing ex­tra. How­ever, the min­utes show that the pro­posal for an in­crease of Rs10 crore has been ap­proved.”

Gudekar said, “In the meet­ing in March, I had de­manded that the min­utes of De­cem­ber 17, 2015, should be put to vote. At the time, the num­ber of the op­po­si­tion mem­bers was higher. This had led to ten­sion within the rul­ing party. The rul­ing party had then taken up other is­sues.”

He de­manded, “We want a de­tailed in­quiry into the is­sue.”

Deny­ing the al­le­ga­tions, PMC pres­i­dent Charusheela Gharat said, “The ap­provals have been given fol­low­ing proper pro­ce­dures. The op­po­si­tion is un­nec­es­sar­ily try­ing to cre­ate hur­dles in de­vel­op­ment work in the city.”

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