In the last general body meeting, the Navi Mumbai NCP took rather controversial decisions by opening NMMC’s doors for two “tainted” officials : Prakash Kulkarni and G V Rao.
FORMER COMMISSIONER TUKARAM MUNDHE HAD SUSPENDED PRAKASH KULKARNI & G V RAO
For decades, these officials faced allegations within corridors of NMMC as corrupt and palm greasing officials that cost NMMC treasury Crores of Rupees loss. But action was taken on them only when the dynamic Tukaram Mundhe took charge of NMMC. Within months of becoming NMMC Commissioner, he became the closest Commissioner to citizens ever in Navi Mumbai and corrupt NMMC officials were thrown out for dereliction of duty. This included Prakash Kulkarni and G V Rao. However, the NCP that never agreed with Tukaram Mundhe’s style of working, got its chance to take on Mr Mundhe’s decision when proposals relating to both Prakash Kulkarni and G V Rao were brought in the General Body.
NCP CORPORATORS DEMAND RE-INDUCTION OF PRAKASH KULKARNI
NCP Corporator Munawer Patel started the discussions in the meeting by questioning why Prakash Kulkarni has not been reinstated in NMMC despite GB passing a proposal in Kulkarni’s favour.
Suraj Patil was next to back his colleague on the same. Leader of the House Ravindra Ithape questioned why Mayor’s orders are being ignored by Commissioner Dr Ramaswamy N. The Mayor J D Sutar then demanded an explanation from the Commissioner on it. The Commissioner informed the house that the delay is due to a technical issue in the hearing in Bombay High Court. The Mayor ordered that the officer be reinstated as per the General Body’s decision and now Prakash Kulkarni has joined NMMC again as DMC Cum Property Tax Assessor & Collector.
STATE UD WANTS “TAINTED” G V RAO DISMISSED FROM GOVERNMENT SERVICE
The second “tainted” official to get NCP shield in NMMC is G V Rao. It may be recalled that during former Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe’s tenure, an inquiry had indicted Joint City Engineer G V Rao of performing his duties in a questionable and unilateral manner. As per the provisions of the Maharashtra Municipal Rules, a recommendation was made that he was not fit to be in service and be dismissed. Since G V Rao’s appointment had been done by the general body of the NMMC, it was necessary to take an approval from it. But the ruling NCP passed a resolution to reject the proposal on March 17, 2017, prompting Tukaram Mundhe to approach Urban Development Dept. The Urban Development Dept. found that the decision taken by the general body of the NMMC was not in line with the law and suspended the resolution and the state overruled the NMMC’s decision.
NCP CORPORATORS DEMAND RE-INDUCTION OF G V RAO
The proposal was brought back to NMMC General Body and NCP corporators were all prepared to stand up for G V Rao while launching a scathing attack on former NMMC Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe. NCP Corporator Suraj Patil said that it was injustice to take action against G V Rao when every work undertaken by his dept were approved by the then Chief City Engineer and Commissioners. He said that G V Rao should be reinstated on his post. Leader of the House Ravindra Ithape also vouched for G V Rao and demanded that NMMC GB reject the proposal to dismiss him from service. The Commissioner Dr Ramasamy N requested NCP corporators to not set a wrong precedent by re-inducting G V Rao. The appeal of the Commissioner to differentiate right for wrong went futile as a stubborn team of NCP corporators rejected the proposal to dismiss G V Rao. The Mayor J D Sutar ordered reinstatement of the tainted officer G V Rao.
NCP at NMMC want to reverse all decisions and orders take by the former Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe. This act is also one of them. Though it can satisfy the false ego and pride of the ruling NCP Corporators, it will damage the image and credibility of the party at large in the public as Tukaram Mundhe left a deep impact in the minds of the people in his short tenure which will affect the politicians in the long run. Bureau report – NMTV News.