PMPML board to hit reverse on key decisions of ex-chief Mundhe
assured members that she would go through each case and withdraw suspensions on the basis of merit.pune Updated: Feb 15, 2018 15:42 IST
PUNE Pune’s politicians have proposed the reversal of certain decisions taken by Tukaram Mundhe, the IAS officer who until last week, was chairman and managing director of the city’s public bus service, the Pune Mahangar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML).
Mundhe, who was transferred to Nashik on February 7 after serving for less than a year as the PMPML chief, was intent on improving efficiency and instilling a sense of discipline during his tenure with the PMPML.
One of his decisions that drew much criticism at the time, was the suspension of 158 employees for various reasons, primarily, indiscipline. These included a few disabled employees who had been given employment for a period of three years.
Another of Mundhe’s decisions that Pune politicos are seeking to withdraw is his decision to increase the cost of the monthly bus pass for senior citizens
Mundhe increased the cost of the pass from Rs 450 to Rs 750.
On Wednesday, at the first board meeting held with the new chairman and MD, Nayana Gunde, mayor Mukta Tilak and standing committee chairman Murlidhar Mohol, who are on the board along with other corporators, tabled the proposal to reverse both decisions.
PMPML’s new chief Nayana Gunde assured members that she would go through each case and withdraw suspensions on the basis of merit.
Mohol said that the board was not in agreement with all decisions taken by Mundhe and would review them. He pointed out that even the PMC general body had asked for withdrawal of the hike in the monthly pass for seniors.
An IAS officer from the 2005 batch, Mundhe has seen frequent transfers in his career due to differences with politicians. While his latest transfer from PMPML to commissioner, Nashik municipal corporation was the third in four years, he served as municipal commissioner Navi Mumbai for 11 months before coming to Pune.
Last week, PMPML staff celebrated the news of Mundhe’s transfer by distributing sweets.