The municipal corporation (MC) of Panchkula is being run on ad-hoc basis if the acute shortage of staff is an indicator. The corporation is short of staff by over 82% and is managing its affairs with mere 19 regular employees against the total sanctioned strength of 108.
The posts are lying vacant for the past many years with no major efforts being made to fill the same by the MC, which is responsible for upkeep of roads, maintenance of parks, streetlights, sanitation and solid waste management.
The shortage of staff is affecting the overall efficiency of the civic body.
The lone post of joint commissioner is vacant. One of the two sanctioned posts of deputy municipal commissioner too is vacant. All three sanctioned posts each of the executive engineer (civil), junior engineer (electrical), zonal taxation officer, land and licence assistant and accountant are lying vacant. Similarly, all six posts each of the assistant sanitary inspector and accounts clerk are yet to be filled. No one has been appointed on the 22 approved posts of data entry operators. Though five posts of draftsman have been sanctioned, only one person has been appointed.
There is no one working on one post each of medical officer, veterinary surgeon, assistant district attorney, manager IT, stock assistant, assistant engineer (electrical), assistant architect and naib tehsildar among others.
Lily Bawa, councillor, Sector 12 and 14, maintained that the civic body had failed to deliver desirable results due to shortage of staff at all levels. “The elected representatives have to face the brunt for ineffective functioning of the civic body,” rued Bawa.
Mayor Upinder Kaur Walia said that they had been continuously writing to the government to fill the vacant posts.
PAUCITY OF SANITATION WORKERS
The civic body is also facing paucity of sanitation workers. The government has approved 990 posts of sanitation workers for the entire district, of which only 610 have been filled. The chief sanitation inspector working with the corporation has been transferred to other district. With the limited manpower, deputy mayor Sunil Talwar termed the task of keeping the city clean a challenge. “We need to address the problems of staff shortage for improving the services,” said Talwar.
MC commissioner SP Arora said the issue had been taken up with the government. “The matter is being pursued vigorously with the government,” claimed Arora.