NMC’s permanent staff to get Rs 10,000 each as DA arrears

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Nov 2018 09:24:45


Special Correspondent,

To spread joy of Diwali festivity, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to release Rs 10,000 each to permanent employees in lieu of dearness allowances (DA) arrears. The decision will increase financial burden of Rs 8 crore on the cash-strapped NMC.

Mayor Nanda Jichkar has made this major announcement on Saturday after parleys with Teachers’ Union, Employees’ Union and top officers of the local body. Officiating Commissioner Ravindra Thakre, Ruling Party leader in NMC Sandip Joshi, Standing Committee chief Virendra Kukreja, former Mayor Pravin Datke, senior corporators Divya Dhurde and Sunil Agrawal were present for the discussion.
Jichkar, while talking to mediapersons, said, the co-ordination committee of teachers and employees have demanded that the civic body should release DA of last 70 months to employees and DA of last 14 months to teachers. In view of financial constraints, the civic body has decided to release Rs 10,000 per head before Diwali. Around 8,000 employees of NMC will be benefited from this decision, she added.

The co-ordination committee also emphasised to release arrears of Rs 125 crore as per recommendations of Sixth Pay Commission before Diwali. The administration has decided to refer the matter to the committee studying recommendations of 7th Pay Commission. The report will be tabled within 45 days before general body meeting, Mayor said. The co-ordination committee also pressed for creation of new 4000 posts to accommodate Aiwajdars in the civic body. Mayor said, presently, 3,939 sanitation workers are working with the NMC. However, the civic body has proposed, in its staffing pattern, to increase sanitation workers posts upto 8,560.

After getting nod of State Government, the civic body will accommodate them as permanent employees. The Mayor also agreed to study the proposal to give permanent job to the contract labourers working continuously for 240 days with NMC. She is also ready to start process of recruitment of 201 employees in the civic body.

Virendra Kukreja said, the amount will be transferred directly to the respective bank accounts of employees before Diwali. Over payment of dues of Sixth Pay Commission, he said, currently, NMC is not financially stable to release Rs 125 crore to the employees but we are trying to increase our revenue to meet the demands of staffers.

Sandip Joshi said, the administration is not in favour of releasing Sixth Pay Commission as one organisation of civic employees had assured the then officers that they would not require arrears of the Sixth Pay Commission. However, the office-bearers are in favour of their arrears and we will take some positive decision.

Union office-bearers Surendra Tingne, Rajesh Gawre welcomed the decision. The representatives Kailash Charde, Purshottam Kaikade, Baliram Shende, Kailash Charde, Ishwar Meshram, Ranjan Nalode, Pravin Tantrapale, Vishwas Selmulkar, Gautam Gedam, Deorao Mandavkar, Milind Chakole, Mujjapur Ali, Baliram Shende were present.