Centre seeks clarification on appointment of non-IAS officers as civic heads in Maha | Mumbai information

The Central authorities has sought a clarification from the Maharashtra authorities over the appointment of non-IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officers to move municipal firms in Mumbai Metropolitan Area (MMR). The state authorities has appointed non-IAS officers in Mira-Bhayandar, Bhiwandi-Nizampur and Panvel municipal firms regardless of the Centre’s 2018 diktat to nominate IAS officers in rising civic our bodies.

The clarification has been has sought by the division of personnel in a letter to chief secretary Sitaram Kunte, dated September 8. The letter has additionally acknowledged that appointment of any non-IAS cadre officers on posts meant for IAS cadre by the state authorities, with out acquiring the prior approval of DoPT, quantities to violation of Rule 9 of IAS (Cadre) Guidelines, 1954.

“The Maharashtra authorities is requested to furnish feedback on posting of non-cadre officers on cadre posts and to furnish particulars of all officers occupying the cadre poses within the state,” the letter, accessed by HT, learn.

On September1, HT had carried a report on how the state flouted the Centre’s norms whereas appointing commissioners to move Mira-Bhayander, Bhiwandi-Nizampur municipal firms just a few months in the past. DoPT, by issuing a notification on June 15, 2018, acknowledged that D-class municipal firms within the checklist of civic our bodies needs to be mandatorily headed by an IAS officer. Six of the 9 firms (Mira-Bhayander, Vasai-Virar, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi-Nizampur, Kalyan-Dombivli and Panvel) in MMR had been within the checklist, whereas the remaining three (Mumbai, Thane and Navi-Mumbai) are already in DoPT’s checklist that mandates the state to nominate IAS officers to move these civic our bodies. In case of non-availability of an IAS officer, the state can appoint a non-IAS however not for a interval of greater than three months.

Incumbent Mira Bhayander Municipal Company’s (MBMC) commissioner Dilip Dhole was private secretary to Eknath Shinde. Shinde heads the state city improvement division (UDD), which appoints officers for smaller civic our bodies. The appointments of non-IAS officers in MBMC and Bhiwandi-Nizampur civic physique had been carried out by eradicating IAS officers, who held MBBS levels and had been intentionally appointed when the Covid-19 was at peak final 12 months.

An official from the overall administration division, which appoints IAS officers, stated that UDD had not knowledgeable them whereas appointing non-IAS officers for these our bodies.

Former Mira-Bhayander corporator Sanjay Pange had complained to Governor BS Koshyari in regards to the flouting of the Centre’s diktat. The Governor, too, had on August 27, sought clarification from the state authorities.

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