With the general election approaching, the work of the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) is being delayed as eight teams formed for election duty involve a large number of MCD employees. Notably, the staff crunch the civic body has been suffering from has been affecting work for some time. Now, after the election bugle has been blown, the staffers are being withdrawn from the civic body works and are engaged in election duty, something which would further tell upon the pace of the works being done by the body. As per the information received, eight teams have been constituted to conduct election and nearly 80 employees are parts of the teams.
It is also learnt that the basic duty of these employees is to keep an eye on the proper enforcement of the model code of conduct. They are meant to remove illegal posters, paintings, graffiti and photographs pasted on the public building. They are also meant to look into the complaints regarding the violation of the model code of conduct. Each team, thus, formed has a minimum of 10 officials from the higher ranks. The civic body sources said that the engagement of the higher rung officers in the election-related duties would have a crippling effect on the works the civic body is supposed to do. And things would go on till the results of the election are announced.
Speaking of the matter, an MCD officer, however, said that the problem would not be serious. “We are facing a problem due to the field duty entrusted to the officers and the employees. But it is wrong to suppose that it would adversely affect our works. Those who deal with the public-related works would continue to do so. Another thing is that we do not do emergency works generally. If the completion of the assigned works gets delayed by a day or two, things on the whole are not affected,” he added.
He further said, “ The only problem is that we are appointed at different places and the day duty consumes time meant for our office work. The office works cannot be left pending for long. We are thus taking the files to home and we are completing things from there. It is an additional duty for us. But we must do it. We are trying our best to balance between the office works and the newly assigned works.”
Saturday, 16 March 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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