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NMMC COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE FLOUT SANCTION OF CIVIC WORK UPTO RS. 10 LAKHS WITHOUT PERSMISSION OF GENERAL BODY

standingStanding Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik instructed the Municipal Commissioner Vijay Nahata to present the report of civic work agreements done for works costing above Rs. 50000 and less than Rs. 10 lakhs within 15 days as required under the Municipal Act. Last week Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik instructed the Municipal Commissioner Vijay Nahata to present the report of civic work agreements done for works costing above Rs 50000 and less than rupees Rs. 10 lakhs within 15 days as required under the Municipal Act. Sandeep Naik is the first chairman of the committee to call for this submission within 15 days of execution of the agreement. The Municipal Commissioner has powers to approve works above Rs. 50000 and below Rs. 10 lakhs without administrative approval of the general body subject to the Commissioner presenting the report of agreements entered into for such works to the Standing Committee within 15 days. The Municipal Commissioners in NMMC never followed this rule and even in this week’s Standing Committee meeting the report presented was for 25 work agreements done between 16/12/2008 to 31/12/2008. While Sandeep Naik is the first chairman of the committee to call for this submission within 15 days, what the chairman and members of the Standing Committee are unaware of, is that the NMMC general body is yet to approve the amendment in the BPMC Act. This approval will raise the limit of administrative approval that the Commissioner is entitled to from Rs. 3 lakhs to Rs. 10 lakhs. The State Government raised this limit in September 2000 but the NMMC general body is yet to approve the same. Hence, month after month the NMMC Commissioner is utilizing a right that is not yet sanctioned by the general body. A proposal for approving the same was placed for the general body’s approval in January 2009, which has strangely not been approved till date by the general body. Thus, making the Commissioner’s administrative approval for works above Rs. 3 lakhs “illegal” – technically. Vishwarath Nayar – NMTV News.

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