Semi-govt, municipal employees too have to declare assets: govt

  • HT Correspondent and agencies, Mumbai
  • Updated: Nov 14, 2014 21:24 IST

The Maharashtra government on Friday made it mandatory for the employees of semi-government and municipal corporations and councils to declare their assets annually.

Earlier, only state government employees had to make their assets and liabilities public before May 31.

The decision has now been extended to the employees of semi-government, panchayati raj institutions, municipal councils, municipal corporations, public undertakings and state government boards and corporations.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis felt that earlier rule had excluded all these employees but government control on these institutions was necessary.

"The rules should be the same for state government as well as semi government and municipal employees," a press release from the CMO said.

Following this decision, officers and employees in CIDCO, MMRDA, municipal councils and corporations will have to submit their assets and liabilities to their department heads every year.

In a move to decentralise power, the state government on Friday also granted authority to water resources department and food and drug administration (FDA) to tranfer their officers.

The decision is a part of the BJP government's new slogan 'minimum government, maximum governance'.

The decision is expected to curb corruption at the administrative levels as transfers of the key posts in some departments, believably, are done with financial considerations.

Earlier, in water resources department, authority to transfer executive engineers lay with the CM. Now, principal secretary (water resources) can take the decision, a press release issued by CMO said.

The transfer powers of the deputy engineers would now vest with chief engineer instead of the water resources minister.

Decision to transfer unit engineers, junior engineers, assistant engineers can be taken by the chief engineer in consultation with superintending engineer. Earlier, the powers rested with the MoS for water resources.

Similarly, transfers of drug inspectors can now be done by the FDA Commissioner. Drug inspectors, scientific officers, food safety officers and administrative officers transfers authority has been given to the commissioner. Earlier, the powers were with the FDA minister.

The chief minister said that the decentralization of the powers of the transfers would help in bringing greater transperancy and speedy disposal in the government functioning.

Unions of the government employees welcomed the decisions. Maharashtra state gazetted officers federation said that this would help in reducing the corruption pertaining to the transfers of officers.

(With inputs from agencies)

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