The Review Committee continued with the suspension of BMC officers found guilty of negligent performance in desilting of storm water drains. Earlier the MCGM commissioner Ajoy Mehta had suspended staff of the SWD department ranging from the Chief Engineer to a Mukadam in September 2015 for irregularities in the desilting of drains causing floods in Mumbai. After six months the issue of their suspension was placed before a Review committee headed by a Deputy Commissioner, which had rejected their appeal for reinstatement and has extended the suspension further. This information was provided to RTI Activist Anil Galgali by the BMC administration.
In a RTI application made by Galgali, he had demanded list of officers suspended by the BMC in the last five years. Enquiry Department of the BMC handed over documents related to the Review Committee Meeting-2. In the meeting held on the 22nd March of 2016 under the Chairmanship of Deputy Municipal Commissioner discussed about the suspension of total 41 officers from various department, which included suspension of 12 officers in the nullah cleaning work in September 2015. Ajoy Mehta had initially suspended 10 officers on the September 20, 2015 and two days later suspended two more officers due to irregularities found in the nullah cleaning work.
Suspended for more than six months, their petition comes under the Review Committee-2. The General Administration Department’s DMC Sudhir Naik continued the suspension of Chief Engineer of Vigilance Department Uday Murudgkar, Assistant Engineer Sudesh Gawali, Pradip Patil, Sanjeev Koli, Ramesh Patvardhan, Sub Engineer Rahul Parekh, Prashant Patel, Bhagwan Rane, Prafulla Wadnere, Sambhaji Bacchav, Naresh Poil and Mukadam Shantaram Korde. Apart from Naik in the committee Chief Enquiry Officer Ravindra Danane, Chief Engineer of Vigilance S O Kori were also present in the Committee meet.
Anil Galgali said, “If suspended officials are dismissed from the services permanently, then the civic body can save money and there would be a drop in corrupt malpractices in future.”