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Mumbai: CCTVs to keep an eye on govt officials

mumbai Updated: Jan 28, 2015 22:21 IST
Sayli Udas Mankikar
Sayli Udas Mankikar
Hindustan Times
Vinod Tawde

Following several complaints from residents and public representatives -- including legislators -- that government officials delay meetings or cancel them despite appointments, the Mumbai suburban guardian minister Vinod Tawde has taken a decision to install closed circuit television cameras (CCTVs) at every government office in suburban Mumbai.

The initiative will start at the collector’s office. CCTV footage of waiting areas and meeting rooms be recorded and later analysed, in a bid ensure that officials honour their commitments.

“Very often, people say that they took an appointment, and yet were kept waiting for hours, or that their appointment got cancelled due to lack of time. This is the way in which we want to keep a check on movement of people, and how officials are handling them,” said Tawde, who took the decision in the Mumbai suburban meeting of the district planning and development councils (DPDC) on Wednesday.

The first lot of CCTVs will be installed in March 2015, after which the offices will be monitored every month, suburban collector Shekhar Channe said.

A fund of Rs 1 crore has been allocated for the project.

Tawde has also decided to realign the way district meetings take place, and ensure that not every official working in the suburban offices have to be present.

“Right now, there are too many people, and chaos, as a result of which no decisions are taken. Henceforth, we will have a schedule where two days before the meeting, we will have mini meetings with legislators and corporators, and then a final one, where limited people are invited,” he said.

Apart from CCTVs, the minister has asked all legislators to collate a list of problems they expect to come across during the monsoon, so that issues can be resolved well in advance.

He has also requested the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to call for a meeting of all Mumbai legislators once in six months, to ensure that all their queries are taken care of.

Similarly, he also assured a coordination committee meeting between the state government and the BMC.