The Moga Municipal Corporation (MC) is facing severe staff crunch, from commissioner to clerk level, which is affecting the routine work in the civic body.
The MC has been without a commissioner for the past four months. District’s deputy commissioner Kuldeep Singh Vaid is shouldering the additional responsibility of commissioner, but due to his busy schedule, he is rarely present in the MC.
A source said that MC employees have to travel three kilometres from MC to mini-secretariat, each time they have to get signatures of DC. Similarly, the posts of assistant commissioner and secretary are also lying vacant.
In the building and road (B&R) branch, there is only one executive engineer (XEN). Besides, there are zero sub-divisional officers (SDOs) in both B&R and (operation and maintenance) O&M wings. The two wings are relying on junior engineers, who are also less in numbers. Further, MC sources said that mayor Akshit Jain, senior deputy mayor Anil Bansal, and deputy mayor Jarnail only come to attend the meetings. Also, the MC is also falling short of 15 clerks against the sanctioned number of 40.
The sources said that apart from piling applications for new water pipelines and sewerage connections, approval of building drawings and others, the authorities are also finding difficult to check violating of rules, including wasting of water, illegal hoardings and use of polybags.
Anil Bansal said that the functioning of a corporation has been paralysed in the absence of a permanent commissioner. “The higher authorities should either provide permanent commissioner or give more powers to XENs,” he said. Vaid said that he has been requesting for staff from higher authorities but to no avail.