Ab­sence of con­tract work­ers hits civic work

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

Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe has made it clear that 700 con­tract work­ers work­ing for the civic body can­not be taken on per­ma­nent em­ploy­ment in NMMC.

While he has sacked around 200 of them, a large num­ber of oth­ers have stopped com­ing for work.

The com­mis­sioner has said that ap­point­ments will be made through out­sourc­ing af­ter tak­ing into ac­count how many per­son­nel are re­quired in ev­ery depart­ment. How­ever, with their ten­ure hav­ing ex­pired, sev­eral con­tract work­ers have stopped com­ing. This has af­fected work in var­i­ous de­part­ments and also put ad­di­tional load on the ex­ist­ing per­son­nel.

The NMMC has 2,339 per­ma­nent em­ploy­ees which is in­ad­e­quate as per the re­quire­ment with the pop­u­la­tion of the city over 12 lakh. Civic ser­vices are pro­vided to the peo­ple from the head­quar­ters and the 8 ward of­fices of NMMC.

To en­sure ef­fi­cient ser­vices, con­tract work­ers had been ap­pointed in wa­ter sup­ply, ed­u­ca­tion, health, ac­counts scheme, ad­min­is­tra­tion, solid waste man­age­ment, prop­erty, sewage and other de­part­ments. The work­ers had been work­ing in the de­part­ments and the head­quar­ters since 2007.

NMMC has in­ten­si­fied ac­tion against il­le­gal hawk­ers and en­croach­ments in the city.

The work of in­spec­tion of the plots and tech­ni­cal ver­i­fi­ca­tion had been given to ju­nior en­gi­neers who had been ap­pointed on con­tract ba­sis.

There are no en­gi­neers for the work leav­ing a ques­tion mark on who will do the tech­ni­cal eval­u­a­tion work.

Of­fi­cials of other de­part­ments too are claim­ing that work in their de­part­ments has been af­fected due to the ab­sence of the con­tract work­ers.

Deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner (anti-en­croach­ment) Subhash In­gle said, “We are fac­ing prob­lems due to the ab­sence of con­tract work­ers who have stopped com­ing af­ter the ex­piry of their ten­ure. The ju­nior en­gi­neers have left work as they were em­ployed on con­tract ba­sis.”

He added, “We al­ready had in­ad­e­quate staff in the antien­croach­ment depart­ment. With more leav­ing, the prob­lems have in­creased.”

Suhas Shinde, deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner (ad­min­is­tra­tion), said: “As per the orders of the mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner, we have sought de­tails of the re­quire­ments from all de­part­ments and wards. Once the re­port is sub­mit­ted to the com­mis­sioner, he will take fur­ther ac­tion.”

An NMMC of­fi­cial said, “The en­tire process of col­lect­ing de­tails and then ap­point­ing new em­ploy­ees is ex­pected to take some time. It will make it dif­fi­cult for the work in NMMC de­part­ments to con­tinue at the ear­lier pace. Work is bound to suf­fer.”

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