Se­vere staff crunch in HMDA de­lays projects

Deccan Chronicle - - City - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT

The HMDA is work­ing with half the 600 staff that it re­quires, for sev­eral months. The govern­ment has not been filling va­can­cies caused by staff re­tir­ing ev­ery month.

Against the re­quire­ment of 100 of­fi­cials, the plan­ning depart­ment has 60, in­clud­ing those on dep­u­ta­tion. There are three of­fi­cers in the sur­vey depart­ment to con­duct field sur­veys, while the va­can­cies are 15.

Sources said the ac­counts depart­ment had 140 staff against the sanc­tioned 334. All 15 posts of ju­nior ac­coun­tants, 16 typ­ists and nine se­nior stenog­ra­phers were va­cant for three years, an of­fi­cial said. The HMDA has 13 ju­nior as­sis­tants against 45 sanc­tioned posts, six se­nior as­sis­tants do­ing the work of 33, The ur­ban foresta­tion wing has 17 per­son­nel against the 37 re­quired. The de­vel­op­ment wing has 60 staff against the 110 needed.

Sources said this was re­sult­ing in se­vere in­con­ve­nience for peo­ple who visit the HMDA to get lay­out and sev­eral other works.

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