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Civic heads will have the power to act against laidback staff

The laidback attitude of babus sitting on files, indulging in red tape and delaying projects in civic bodies will soon be laid to rest.

mumbai Updated: Jul 10, 2010 00:31 IST
Sayli Udas Mankikar

The laidback attitude of babus sitting on files, indulging in red tape and delaying projects in civic bodies will soon be laid to rest.

This move will not only see pending projects related to roads, waterways, infrastructure and other public works take off but also prevent cost escalations due to delays.

One of the 17 bills — 6 new and 11 old ones — to be tabled in the monsoon session of the state Assembly that takes off on Monday has proposed for an amendment in the Maharashtra Municipal Corporations and Councils Act that will give powers to the civic body to take action against the staffers erring in their jobs.

It goes a step ahead to put the same in his employee’s annual confidential report that governs promotions.

“The present rule does call for action against such delays but the procedure for taking action is too tedious and lengthy,” said H.B. Patel, secretary (Legislation) Law and Judiciary Department.

In the current situation, if a civic employee is found erring, his case is referred by his superior to the commissioner, who in turn forwards the case to the general body, which consists of all the elected representatives.

But even this system was found to be flawed as many of the officials worked in nexus with politicians and no

action was initiated owing to their involvement, said a law official.

“Once this legislation comes into effect, there will be no file seen pending with any officials or employees for more than seven days.

In case it is, the commissioner will be able to take disciplinary action on them,” Patel added.

So no excuses for any delay will be accepted in case of official work and any employee found not keeping to deadlines will have to face action as per civic rules — that may include getting transferred elsewhere or in a worse case getting suspended.