THEY HAVE been on a sticky wicket ever since the High Court set a deadline for their return to the parent departments. Now, the innings of a majority of the 237 officials on deputation in the municipal corporations appears set to draw to a close with Urban Administration and Development (UAD) Minister Jayant Malaiya reportedly giving the green signal to the move.
Especially in cases where the official/employee has exceeded the three-year deadline on deputation tenures set by the government.
The Minister is learned to have directed UAD Secretary Sewaram to order the return of all officials on deputation to their parent departments.
Officials whose services are deemed imperative by civic body chiefs in a particular municipal corporation, however, will be redeployed after being sent to the parent department, informed sources in Bhopal.
This rider may help City Engineer (Building Permission) Harbhajan Singh and Assistant Engineer Subhash Chauhan extend their stay as the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) is learnt to have requested these engineers to be allowed to continue in their posts.
Chauhan, the son-in-law of former BJP organising secretary Kaptan Singh Solanki, is being probed by the Lokayukta for allegedly overlooking building permission violations at a structure on MG Road in return for a flat in the same building.
He is among the 63-odd officials and employees serving a deputation stint in the IMC, which, after Bhopal, tops the deputation list.
It may be recalled that the High Court recently directed the government to take a decision regarding deputation employees by December 15 following a contempt petition filed by the MP Nagar Nigam Nagarpalik Karamchari Sangh.
Galvanised into action by the HC diktat, the government is learnt to have sought details about employees and officials serving on deputation terms in the IMC in a missive on Wednesday.
Perhaps the most notable examples are IMC Secretary JC Galar who has served for over 6 years and Deputy Commissioner MPS Arora. The latter was shunted out to Rewa after coming under a cloud for fiscal irregularities but managed to claw his way back into the IMC after hectic lobbying by his BJP benefactors.
The other officials are GD Sutar, accused of flouting an HC directive on the controversial structure at 30, Jail Road, City Engineer (Building Permission) Harbhajan Singh, Building Officer OP Goyal (both currently being probed by the Economic Offences Wing for allegedly receiving apartments in return for overlooking building permission violations at a structure located at MG Road.