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Bulk of officers on deputation will have to go

CONTRARY TO the general perception, the State Government?s decision allowing deputation officials to man posts meant to be filled through promotion or direct recruitment may not, after all, perpetuate the reign of outsiders in the 14-odd municipal corporations.

india Updated: Jan 07, 2007 18:06 IST

CONTRARY TO the general perception, the State Government’s decision allowing deputation officials to man posts meant to be filled through promotion or direct recruitment may not, after all, perpetuate the reign of outsiders in the 14-odd municipal corporations.

For one, the gazette notification okaying deputation postings has not amended the MP Municipal Corporation Act 1956 proviso that only employees and officials of a municipal corporation can be deputed to another corporation.

As the Act 1956 only permits five posts - Commissioner, Additional Commissioner, City Planner, Accounts Officer and Veterinary Officer - to be filled by deputation staffers a bulk of outside officials, many of whom are from nagarpalikas and nagar panchayats, will have to go.

For another, the government, in an affidavit submitted to the High Court in response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the MP Nagar Nigam Nagarpalika Karamchari Sangh, has assured that it would fill all posts meant to be filled through promotions within 30 days.

If the government intends to live up to the promise made in court then obviously there’s no question of any deputation staffer finding his way to such a post. Furthermore, rules forbid the re-posting of a deputation staffer before a year has elapsed from the day on which he was eased out.

It may be recalled that the Urban Administration Development Department (UADD) amended the MP Nagarpalik Nigam (Appointment and Service) Rules 2000 allowing deputation officials to man posts meant to be filled through promotion or direct recruitment.

A gazette notification to this effect was published on January 2, 2000. The UADD further authorised the Mayor-in-Council to submit recommendations for posting deputation officials and forward it to the government for approval.