MC needs a commissioner for longer term

  • Arjun Sharma, Hindustan Times, ludhiana
  • Updated: Jul 16, 2014 11:51 IST

While the Punjab government is not giving enough time to a single municipal commissioner to take on the herculean task of bringing the city in order and transferring them on regular intervals, there are nearly 80 officials who have not been transferred for the past several years.

The local bodies department has changed five municipal commissioners in a period of two years due to which the working of the civic body department has been affected. Policies of none of these commissioners could be implemented properly due to their sudden transfers.

All commissioners, including RK Verma who was appointed on July 25, 2012, and the present commissioner Pradeep Agarwal were IAS officials. After the unceremonious exit of former M Ccommissioner MS Jaggi, who was a Punjab Civil Services (PCS) officer in 2012, the state government decided to give the post to an IAS officer.

MC has got a new face with replacement of all top officials. Senior officials, including additional commissioners Sumeet Jarangal and Isha Kalia, were recently transferred and Ghanshyam Thori and Rishi Pal Singh were appointed as additional commissioners in their places.

Interestingly, there are some senior and junior officials who have not been transferred for the past several years and were serving in Ludhiana only. These include staff from clerical level to superintending engineers and joint commissioners.

Despite the laws of the state government that an official cannot remain at the same seat for more than three years, these staff members of MC have been working in Ludhiana for the past several years without any transfers.

The opposition Congress alleged that most of the transfers took place at the behest of political leaders. The senior officials of Tehbazari wing that has not been able to remove encroachments from the city were also enjoying “non-transferable” jobs of the civic body.

According to sources, there were nearly 80 staff members of MC that have not been transferred for the past six to seven years. Nearly 15 have not been transferred in the past 12 to 14 years and some have not even moved out of Ludhiana for 18 years.

The opposition Congress has also criticised the policies of the local bodies department by saying that several commissioners are replaced in a time span of two years and clerical level staff is not being replaced for years.

Congress councillor Hemraj Agarwal and leader of opposition in MC house said frequent trasfwers of commissioners affected the deveopment works in the city.

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