Speaker Nana Patole has organized meetings on Monday in Mumbai to discuss two issues which were left undecided by the BJP-ruled Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Devendra Fadnavis-led state government. The issues have financial implications on the cash-strapped NMC and may further escalate the growing tension between the BJP and Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.
Patole wants to discuss the 7th Pay Commission salary for NMC employees as well as the installment for builders in building plan charges above Rs1 crore. Urban development minister Eknath Shinde and officials from urban development, finance, and other departments are expected to attend the meetings.
The urban development department has asked the NMC chief to be present. No invitation has been issued for mayor Sandip Joshi, standing committee chairman Pradip Pohane or any other office-bearer. As the new civic chief is yet to take charge and with Joshi calling an urgent general body meeting on Monday, the heads of town planning and finance departments are likely to go to Mumbai.
The office-bearers of NMC’s only recognized union — Rashtriya Nagpur Corporation Employees Association — have been invited for the meeting. The association is led by the Congress and a delegation had discussed the 7th pay commission status with Patole, guardian minister Nitin Raut and Shinde earlier. Union president Surendra Tingane told TOI that NMC employees were not given a salary as per the 7th Pay Commission as the previous government delayed its implementation. “The general body passed a resolution to implement it with effect from August 2019. The proposal is pending with the state government,” he said.
Tingane said the union will seek directives for arrears of the 6th Pay Commission and 7th Pay Commission to be paid. “The 6th Pay Commission arrears from January 1, 2006, to November 30, 2010, is pending. NMC gave some amount in three installments. Also, arrears of 7th Pay Commission from January 1, 2016, is pending,” he said.
The BJP-ruled NMC had declined to give arrears of both pay commissions due to the financial crisis. It would have incurred an additional burden of Rs20 crore per month.
The second issue of making provision for installment in paying building plan charges of over Rs1 crore is pending at the NMC level. CREDAI is pressing for the demand for a year.
During the tenure of Virendra Kukreja, the standing committee had approved the provision in February 2019. Since then, the proposal is pending and yet to come before the general body.
If approved, the NMC will not get a bulk amount from the town planning department at one go.
For the last few days, differences have cropped up between MVA government and BJP over the formation of committee on Nag River Pollution Abatement Project and Raut’s plan to retain NIT’s planning authority status of Gunthewari areas.
Though elected from Sakoli in Bhandara district, Patole is a resident of the Nagpur from where he had lost the last Lok Sabha elections.
(With inputs from timesofindia)