NMC’s Standing Committee cancels Municipal Commissioner’s leave

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Sep 2018 10:20:44


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Ruling party at loggerheads with Virendra Singh

The rift between Municipal Commissioner Virendra Singh and Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has widened and heading towards an inevitable showdown. After blistering attack by Ruling Party Leader Sandip Joshi, Standing Committee of NMC has also sought clarification from Municipal Commissioner Virendra Singh for going on long leave without taking prior permission of the committee. For the first time in the history of NMC, such critical issue has emerged before the civic body.

Commissioner is on leave for 15 days due to ill health of his mother at Rajasthan. As per rule 38 (1) of Maharashtra Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act, 1949, it is necessary to obtain permission from the Standing Committee for taking leave. Singh has forwarded a letter to Standing Committee to give him 15 days leave as his mother is not well and he has to visit his home town. Meanwhile, State Government has sanctioned his leave application, sources added.

Virendra Kukreja, Chairman of Standing Committee while seeking clarification from the Commissioner about his leave stated that Virendra Singh did not seek his permission before proceeding on leave. He (Singh) has mentioned in an application that he may not attend Headquarters during this period. Quoting the provisions of MMC Act, Kukreja mentioned, it is necessary to obtain permission of the Standing Committee. However, he has not taken permission therefore, Standing Committee Chairman cannot sanction his leave.

The war of words between Commissioner and Ruling Party has created confusion among administration and public representatives. This has adversely affected the working of development in the city. The revenue side of the local body has also been affected as all the employees are adopting wait and watch policy for the outcome of this bitter dispute between heads of the institution.

One section of the corporators is pressurizing for tabling no confidence motion against the commissioner while other section of the corporators believe that this will go against Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who has made him Commissioner. The next 15 days will be very critical for the local body as all the works have come to a grinding halt. The Account Department is simply sitting on the file due to paucity of funds.



‘Attending ailing mother is my priority’

“Presently, I am looking after my mother who is in the ICU. It is my primary responsibility to take care of my ailing mother. Therefore, all the issues will be sorted out when I return from leave,” Municipal Commissioner Virendra Singh, said while talking to The Hitavada over phone.