NMC to decide fate of ‘those’ 17 persons

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Apr 2018 08:41:05


Staff Reporter,

In its meeting scheduled on April 20, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) general body will decide the fate of 17 persons seeking restoration in NMC’s service.A proposal in this regard is on the agenda of the meeting. As per the proposal, though the Government has made it clear that it is not possible to restore these 17 ‘employees’ in NMC’s service, NMC is capable of absorbing them as a ‘competent authority’. Hence, the issue of restoring them in service has been listed on the agenda.

The entire issue dates back to 1993 when NMC had issued advertisement for filling up 161 posts. Later, the matter went to the court, and in August 1997, NMC general body approved appointment to 359 candidates including 152 selected ones and 207 in waiting list. By December 1999, the then Municipal Commissioner issued appointment orders for 252 persons. Later, a public interest litigation alleging irregularities in recruitment was filed before the High Court.

Following this, a probe was conducted and the probe report pointed out irregularities in appointments to 106 persons. In 2002, the High Court directed NMC to terminate services of these ‘employees’. Of these 106, jobs of 29 persons were restored as they were in service of NMC since long. So, the affected ‘employees’ challenged termination of their services. In April 2002, as per the court’s orders, the then Municipal Commissioner gave them a hearing and confirmed termination of their services.

Of these 106, applications were not received in five cases but their interviews were conducted and they were selected. In five other cases, appointments were cleared without interviews. In six cases, applications were rejected but they were interviewed and selected. A candidate was given job from waiting list in place of another candidate who was already in the list of selected persons. As such, these 17 appointments were termed as ‘illegal’ in the report of Adtani Committee.

These 17 persons include Subhash Shriram Ghate, Ashok Anandrao Deogade, Arun Panchamrao Khopde, Vinod Manohar Sonwane, Vijay Madhavrao Hatwar, and Suraj Bhaiyyalal Barve (all were appointed as Driver); Mohd Yakub Mohd Yusuf, Deepak Ambadas Potfode, Prakash Harichand Barde, Vinayak Dadarao Pendke, and Ganpat Krishnarao Baragate (all were appointed as Fireman Driver); Jeevak Bhikaruji Shamkule (Telephone Operator); Gangadhar Bajirao Bhivgade (Junior Sanitary Inspector); Durga Kanhaiyyalal Tahlani and Ramesh Devaji Bawankar (Allopathy Compounder); Shalu Panchamrao Khopde, Ratnakar Bhanudas Dhote (Laboratory Assistant). Of these, Vinod Sonwane is no more. Whether they are restored in NMC’s service will be decided in general body meeting next week.