Friday, June 10, 2011

MCD fails to help people of Delhi

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From: mohanlal panda

Date: Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 3:15 PM
Subject: MCD fails to help people of Delhi

New Delhi.


Greetings from PVCHR.

 "The monsoon is expected to hit the city in 20 days but the desilting work in MCD drains is far from complete. Only 514 out of 1,525 drains have been desilted so far. Work is on in 617 drains and there are about 394 drains where the work has not even begun," said a senior MCD official. And what's worse is that the engineers forum has dismissed desilting as a 'non-technical job' and stopped carrying out the work.
 Rajesh Mishra, general secretary of MCD engineers' forum, said, "Till 2007, the desilting work was carried out by contractual workers and beldaars. Now we have been asked to get the work done by employing departmental workers. However, this is not our job. We have written to the commissioner saying that alternative arrangement should be made and we shouldn't be forced to do others' jobs."
 "Desilting is an ongoing process and efforts are on to complete the work before the arrival of monsoon. Regarding the staff crunch, we have directed all departments to send details of vacancies to the office of additional commissioner (establishment). After that the process to recruit workers will be initiated. Delhi Sub-Ordinate Service Selection Board will be intimated and we will also find out modalities to hire people on contract," said MCD commissioner K S Mehra.
Sir, the conflicting statements in the media report indicates that the MCD stands far away from undertaking its task. All are trying to shift the responsibility of a failed job on others. Whereas the residents of Delhi has been paying tax for getting basic services from the agency. 
I sincerely request NHRC to look into the matter and ensure that MCD completes desilting works on time so that the residents of Delhi do not face problem of water logging during monsoon. If MCD fails to provide basic service, PVCHR requests NHRC to direct the agency to stop collecting tax from the residents. 
Sir, please find the newspaper information attached for your perusal.

With regards,
Dr. Mohanlal Panda
Advisor, PVCHR

Main Office: SA 4/2 A, Daulatpur, Varanasi-221002

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