TAKING A leaf out of the State Government’s book, the Mayor-in-Council (MiC) on Sunday voted to grant five per cent dearness allowance (DA) to serving and retired Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) employees.
It further voted to reinstate Ashok Baijal, who was cleared of charges of economic irregularities by the district court, with full pay and benefits and initiated a departmental inquiry against Malaria Officer Ashok Gauhar.
The ten-member council, of which only seven turned up, also gave the green signal to a proposal to invite tenders worth Rs 294.56 crore for laying gravity, rising and raw as well as clear water mains for phase three of the Narmada project at the meeting convened at Mayor Uma Shashi Sharma’s residence.
MiC also granted go-ahead to a proposal to invite tenders for pre-qualified bidders and consultants for the Rs 329 crore Indore Sewerage Project being funded by the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
Applications will be invited from contractors and a select few will then be shortlisted for specific tasks on the basis of past experience and fiscal as well as technical capabilities.
With Saturday’s seminar on solid waste apparently still fresh, Mayor-in-Council members voted to forward a wish list for garbage collection and disposal machinery to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). A fogging machine, a robotised collector capable of collecting waste from the most tricky terrain, wheelbarrows and tricycles were among the items demanded.
Rajendra Rathore, who is in charge of health, said his department would scour the 1100-odd beldars for trained drivers.
“They will be deployed to man the vehicles after a brief period of training. Only if no trained drivers are found will we requisition the government for new posts,” he asserted. Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma, MiC members Shankar Yadav, Anil Bindal, Shanta Jhanwar and Chandu Shinde were among those present at the meeting.
Fumigation proposal up in smoke?
AS EXPECTED the move to hand over pesticide and insecticide operations to M/s Laxmi Fumigation has run into rough weather with Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma reportedly scuttling the proposal. The Commissioner’s opposition is significant, as allegations were raised that he was lobbying for a Bhopal-based firm, M/s Pest Control, to get the contract.
At Sunday’s meeting, Sharma reportedly questioned why a private firm needed to be brought in for a task the Corporation’s Health Department was perfectly capable of handling and that, too, at such a high cost.
“We had asked the firm to submit fumigation rates per square feet so that private residents could hire the firm’s services. Instead, they forwarded us a pesticide blueprint covering 150 kilometres for which they demanded Rs 82 lakh. Why should the Corporation pay the firm such a huge amount when the Health Department has the necessary wherewithal and anti-pesticide machinery,” Sharma told the Hindustan Times.