NMC’s Standing Panel unhappy with ‘unprepared officials’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Sep 2018 10:31:42


Staff Reporter,

EE Neral suspended for misleading the panel

Virendra Kukreja, Chairman of Standing Committee of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has given a dressing down to Civic Administration for not furnishing proper information about the subjects proposed in the agenda of Standing panel meeting. He expressed displeasure over complete lack of preparation by NMC officials during a meeting held on Thursday afternoon. The panel also suspended Executive Engineer Satish Neral for trying to mislead the committee and for dereliction of duty.

Standing Committee has to review the work sanctioned by it and implemented by administration as per budgetary provision. However, during the meeting the Additional Commissioner could not provide any information about the implementation of civic budget. The budget was sanctioned in June by the general body of NMC. However, the NMC administration did not start implementation of the budget as suggested by Standing Committee. The Standing Maharashtra Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act, the Account Department should table its report about the financial position of the local body every month. However, standing committee members discovered that Accounts Department never tabled its report before the Standing Committee.

Ravindra Thakre, Additional Commissioner stated in the meeting that Chief Accounts and Finance Officer Mona Thakur was relieved from the department on Wednesday as Government had transferred her after her promotion as Joint Director. Kukreja has directed administration to present all the reports in next meeting of the Standing Committee without fail. The administration did not clear the files related to development of gardens, ghats, play grounds and markets.

Standing Committee also suspended Executive Engineer Satish Neral for misleading Standing Committee over proposal of widening of nullah of Maharajbag Road. Kukreja said, Executive Engineer has been suspended with immediate effect and a departmental inquiry has been proposed against him. The engineer has to present the proposal as suggested by the Municipal Commissioner however, he tried to hide it. This is a very serious matter and therefore, the panel decided to place him under suspension.