BANGALORE: BBMP councillors have unanimously opposed officials working on deputation at the civic body for a long duration.
Nandini Layout councillor M Nagaraj from Congress was discussing the ‘starred question’ he had raised about officials on deputation. BBMP works under the KMC Act as well as the Karnataka Civil Services Rules. “But officials from other departments come to BBMP considering it a green pasture. There is no rule for officials coming to BBMP on deputation. BBMP has become a ‘Dharmarayana chatra’ (free hostel),” he said. He also said Joint Commissioners/Additional Commissioners should be of IAS or KAS cadre as per the KMC Act.
He demanded that officials on deputation at BBMP for over five years be sent back to their departments and similarly, BBMP officials on deputation be recalled.
Byrasandra ward councillor Nagaraju, from the BJP, said there are many officers on deputation at the BBMP’s forest cell. “Before their deputation, BBMP staff were doing a better job at taking care of trees,” he said.
Speaking about the town planning department, former deputy mayor Harish said there are 48 engineers in the department as against the 11 sanctioned posts. At the same time, the BBMP does not have assistant engineers at wards and lacks engineering staff in solid waste management, he said. He also said the Additional Director of Town Planning is an Urban planner. “This officer gives building permissions instead of taking care of town planning,” he said.
‘Only 31 pc Officials are BBMP staff’
Yediyur ward councillor N R Ramesh said 121 officials of the 137 trapped by the Lokayukta for corruption are from other departments.
“Of the total number of staff, only 31 per of the staff are BBMP employees. We are paying `67 crore to deputed officials every month. Instead of depending on deputed officials, BBMP should recruit its own staff which will help save at least `12 crore per month,” he said.
Replying to councillors, Commissioner M Lakshminarayana said there are 385 engineers on deputation of whom 187 have been working for more than three years. “We have around 25 additional engineers in town planning. If we depute them to other departments, we still have a shortage of 160 engineers,” he said.
‘We Need Commissioner’
Councillors urged the government not to transfer Lakshminarayana and BBMP Additional Commissioner
B B Kaveri any time soon. Jayamahal ward Councillor M K Gunashekar, who raised the issue, said there is a rumour that both these officials will be transferred after June 6. “They came here last year and are doing good work. We need them,” he insisted.