Absence of contract workers hits civic work
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.”