New civic chief gets down to busi­ness, stresses on e-gov­er­nance

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

CBD BELAPUR: The new mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Munde took charge on Mon­day, and did not waste time in mak­ing clear his ob­jec­tives.

The for­mer So­la­pur col­lec­tor has a his­tory of stand­ing up to po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion, cor­rup­tion and in­dis­ci­pline.

In­stead of go­ing to his of­fice, Munde first went to the ground floor of­fices of ac­counts and prop­erty tax de­part­ments in the head­quar­ters, where he asked for the de­tails of the tar­gets, the ac­tual col­lec­tion and ar­rears.

Munde ques­tioned the huge ar­rears from the MIDC com­pa­nies for years stat­ing that the courts never stopped tax col­lec­tion. When told that the in­dus­tri­al­ists’ as­so­ci­a­tions were op­pos­ing the tax, Munde asked the of­fi­cials if they work for the in­dus­tri­al­ists’ as­so­ci­a­tions or the civic body.

He was up­set at the heaps of files stacked in the of­fice say­ing that the air-con­di­tioned swanky head­quar­ters had been turned into a dump­ing ground.

He asked the per­son­nel in the ac­counts depart­ment, what work they did and rained a bar­rage of ques­tions. He ques­tioned why the Oc­to­ber file had not been cleared till De­cem­ber and why it took so long. He took the law depart­ment of­fi­cials to task look­ing at the pend­ing cases.

Munde ex­pressed dis­plea­sure at the fire ex­tin­guisher be­ing kept in a cor­ner on the head­quar­ter premises.

He vis­ited the anti-en­croach­ment depart­ment be­fore fi­nally go­ing to his of­fice to take charge.

In a meet­ing of heads of de­part­ments, he took de­tails from all of­fi­cials, some of whom made trips to their de­part­ments to get in­for­ma­tion sought by him. This in­cluded de­tails of the air-con­di­tion­ing of the mas­sive head­quar­ters.

Munde said, “There is no ques­tion of any po­lit­i­cal pres- sure. All work will be done within the am­bit of the law. No il­le­gal ac­tion will be tol­er­ated.”

Stress­ing on e- gov­er­nance, Munde said, “E-gov­er­nance will be a pri­or­ity to in­crease the ef­fi­ciency of civic work.”

He added, “The health sys­tem, in­crease in rev­enue, wa­ter sup­ply and san­i­ta­tion will re­ceive spe­cial at­ten­tion. An in­de­pen­dent IT depart­ment will be formed. Ef­forts will be made to pro­vide max­i­mum ser­vices through e-tapal.”

› We will en­sure that peo­ple’s work are done at the ward level and they do not have to come to the head of­fice for it. TUKARAM MUNDE, NMMC com­mis­sioner

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Munde at NMMC head­quar­ters.

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