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BMC IT director to be paid more than Kunte?

July 10, 2014

Makne, Eknath



The BMC has made its intentions to capitalise on its Information Technology (IT) department quite clear. But its one move that has made many wonder whether it has gone a wee bit overboard, is its alleged decision to allot a fat pay cheque to the department's yet-to-be appointed director, which amounts to more than what civic chief Sitaram Kunte himself gets.

A source said, "Since BMC has already awarded IT works' contracts, there is a requirement for it to appoint somebody who knows the organisation in and out. But they are getting on board a director at a Rs 30 lakh per annum salary, which is Rs 2.5 lakh per month, while the civic chief gets not more than Rs 1.75 lakh per month. It is sheer waste of public money."

The municipal administration has decided to appoint an IT department director and his/her deputies allegedly without issuing advertisements in this regard. The corporation has already awarded three contracts to manage software (for Rs 80 crore), data centres (Rs 52 crore) and consultancy services (Rs 10 crore), each for three years.

The salaries and allowances to be offered to the three men, associated with National Institute of Smart Government (NISG), is going to cost the BMC a bomb at Rs 1.87 crore for two years for which they will serve.

"Before appointing the men, the municipal administration had got an informal approval for the same. According to the standing committee's resolution, the civic body should have issued advertisements for the posts. It has not done that," said Sainath Rajadhyaksha, general secretary of Brihanmumbai Municipal Engineers' Union.

When asked why no ads were issued for the posts, and why no one from the organisation was selected for the post, additional municipal commissioner SVR Srinivas said, "Nobody has come to me with complaints regarding the matter until now."

Credit:Eknath Makne


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