With state cabinet approving the proposal, to restructure the plan for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), the officials hope that it would help the corporation to extend better services to its citizens in future.
The high powered committee constituted by the state government suggested changes to as many as nine sections of the corporation act.
The Prasada Rao’s committee on staff pattern in GHMC and the state cabinet under the chairmanship of the chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy gave their nod to the plans.
Speaking to the Express, GHMC officials said that the sanctioning of as many as 2,607 additional posts will be a boon for the corporation as this would help them to provide better administration and also extend various services to its citizens particularly in town planning, engineering and sanitation sections where there is dearth of staff.
The present staff of GHMC is 2,300 while others are recruited through outsourcing.
The officials say that due to shortage of staff, several development works in engineering section are getting delayed. The situation in town planning department too is no better as people are made to run from pillar to post to get their building plans sanctioned and also for other town planning related works.
The other important decision is to enhance the financial power of GHMC. The cabinet has agreed for the proposal to increase budgetary powers of the corporation to Rs 5 crore.
The standing committee can approve works up to Rs 2 crore from the existing Rs 50 lakh and the GHMC general body can permit works worth Rs 5 crore from the present Rs 1 crore.
Any work costing over Rs 5 crore should go to the Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) department for administrative clearance.