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Fed up with late-comers, Ulhasnagar mayor locks out non-punctual staff

Civic officials who reported late to work on Monday were in for a rude shock, when they found themselves locked out of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation.

mumbai Updated: May 22, 2012 01:26 IST
Kiran Sonawane

Civic officials who reported late to work on Monday were in for a rude shock, when they found themselves locked out of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation.

In a bid to instil discipline among civic workers, Ulhasnagar mayor Asha Idnani took the drastic step of locking the gates of the civic office, keeping latecomers waiting for over an hour. Idnani came to office at around 10.15am and waited at the gate.

At 10.40am, she ordered the security office to lock the gate and went in to check how many officials had reported to work. She found that only 30% of employees had reported to work on time. Among those missing were the deputy municipal commissioner, several heads of departments, and engineers.

Idnani said she had observed that each time she called the deputy municipal commissioner or heads of departments on their landlines, the calls went unanswered, or someone else answered the call and said that the officer was away. Citizens who came to the UMC to meet officials often had to wait for hours.

Idnani said this was her way of serving a warning to the civic staff. "This was my first surprise visit, so I let the officers in after a warning," Idnani said. "I will conduct more checks," she warned.

The mayor also ordered all attendance musters to be brought before her daily, so she can keep a tab on the staff’s arrival times.