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DMC suffers another jolt as govt transfers mukhya nagar adhikari

HT Correspondent  Dehradun, March 04, 2014
First Published: 15:41 IST(4/3/2014) | Last Updated: 15:48 IST(4/3/2014)

Two days after the private company DVWM withdrew itself from the waste management contract on Saturday, mukhya nagar adhikari (MNA) of Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) Ashok Kumar was transferred from the civic body in a major bureaucratic reshuffle on Monday.


Dehradun district magistrate (DM) BVRC Purushottam was given the additional charge of the MNA with immediate effect. Besides, Bansidhar Tiwari, secretary of Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA), was assigned the extra charge of additional mukhya nagar adhikari (AMNA) to fill in the void created by former AMNA Uday Singh Rana’s transfer to Nainital last month.

As the administrative head of the DMC, Kumar was handling the crucial solid waste management project running on public private partnership (PPP) between DMC and DVWM. He has now been sent to the state secretariat as the additional secretary (administration). It is worth mentioning that the solid waste management project of the city had derailed off late and hit the ground bottom on Saturday when DVWM pulled itself out of the waste disposal contract between the twin bodies. Notably, the DVWM had leveled allegations against the MNA several times in the past holding him responsible for lack of coordination in resolving conflicts between the civic body and the private firm.

The news of Kumar’s transfer was welcomed by the civic body corporators, who had for long been alleging him for the sluggish pace of developmental works and the failure of the solid waste management project. “We welcome this move,” said Saroj Panwar, corporator of ward Arynagar.

When contacted, urban development secretary, government of Uttarakhand, DS Garbyal said that Purushottam’s taking over as the MNA was expected to improve the state of affairs regarding garbage disposal. “The DM has been handed over the charge of the MNA temporarily to bring the derailed garbage disposal of the city back on track. A full-time MNA will soon be appointed to the post,” he said.

BVRC Purushottam said that his priority as the MNA would be to bring the solid waste disposal back on track. “I will try to rectify the garbage disposal woes of the city within two days. Besides DMC’s staff, I am also assigning duties to additional district magistrates (ADMs) and sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs) to address this issue,” Purushottam said.

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Two days ago, the state Congress unit demanded `4,000 crore financial assistance from the centre.
According to the central statistics office figures, the Centre released `4883.74 crores for the state in 2011-12. It released `4717.68 crores in 2012-2013. And in 2013-2014, it increased the assistance to `5418.60 crores.

Uttarakhand is one of the 11 Himalayan states which enjoy special category status besides Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.
These special category states have to make part payment to the centre in lieu of getting funds for centrally-sponsored schemes.
Interestingly, on an average, central assistance has been substantial for the state though it has not helped Uttarakhand in increasing its Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) which is total monetary value of goods and services produced by a state economy in a given year.
“GSDP depends on various factors like rate of savings and investments and overall business atmosphere. But that doesn’t mean the state does not need help,” said Surender Kumar, media in-charge for CM adding that the state needs more funds.
The figures for Uttarakhand GSDP growth at constant (2004-5) price (as on 01-08-2014) was 9.36% in 2011-12. It was 5.61% in 2012-13 and 5.65% in 2013-2014.
Sometime back Planning Commission constituted a committee to study development in hill states arising from management of forest land with special focus on creation of infrastructure, livelihood and human development.
The report of the committee was discussed in Internal Planning Committee meeting held in February this year.
A Planning Commission note claimed that IPC broadly endorsed the recommendations of the committee. The report has also been forwarded to states for further inputs.

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