Mpl Commr suspends 5 officers including Asstt Commr

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Jan 2018 10:37:10

Staff Reporter,

The officers of NMC’s Workshop Department are suspended in connection with procurement of automobile spare parts at usurious rates and other alleged irregularities

Continuing with tough stand against irregularities in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) Ashwin Mudgal, Municipal Commissioner, suspended five officers of Workshop Department on Friday. Of these five, suspension of three was announced in the general body meeting held last month but the orders to that effect were not issued. The officers suspended include Vijay Humne, Assistant Commissioner of Ashi Nagar Zone and officiating in-charge of Workshop Department of NMC; Ujjwal Lanjewar, Mechanical Engineer, Hot Mix Plant; Vikram Mankar, Junior Inspector, Local Body Tax Department and currently working with Workshop Department; Rajesh Gurmule, Mechanical Engineer, Workshop; and Manish Kayarkar, Vehicle Inspector, Workshop Department.

In the orders signed by the Municipal Commissioner, it was mentioned that ‘disciplinary action’ was proposed against these officers. Ravindra Deotale, Deputy Commissioner, General Administration Department, issued another order vide which Prakash Warade, Assistant Commissioner, Local Body Tax Department currently working in Satranjipura Zone, was given charge of Workshop Department in place of Vijay Humne.

Yogesh Lunge, Junior Inspector,Local Body Tax Department, currently working in Transport Department was given charge of Workshop Department and Hot Mix Plant in place of Rajesh Gurmule and Ujjwal Lanjewar respectively.  Kayarkar’s charge was given to D S Bhotmange, Vehicle Inspector, Workshop Department. It may be recalled that senior Congress corporator Sandeep Sahare had alleged that the officers in Workshop Department were procuring automobile spare parts at seven times the market cost. He had alleged irregularities and demanded suspension of the officers. Following this, suspension of Humne, Gurmule, and Lanjewar was announced in December. However, the orders of their suspension were not issued as the proceedings of the general body meeting were not finalised. After the allegations that the civic administration was shielding the officers, things moved faster and Mudgal issued suspension orders on Friday.

Quoting the information he had obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, Sahare had alleged that NMC had procured tyres that were available for Rs 14,800 per piece in market, were purchased for Rs 35,950 each. Similarly, other items including battery, engine oil filter, diesel filter, side-window glass etc were procured at a price higher than that in the market. Radial tyre costing Rs 18,400 per piece was procured for Rs 85,456 each. The battery of 12 Watt was procured at Rs 18,500 per piece as against market price of Rs 5,390, Sahare had alleged. Workshop Department, which runs 201 vehicles, had made procurements worth Rs 2,31,43,677 in past ten years. Soon after Sahare’s allegations, Gurmule had refuted those and had said that the entire process of procurement was transparent.