Dr Sanjay Pattiwar who was in charge of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation’s (NMMC) health department, and was recently demoted from the post of additional municipal commissioner by NMMC Chief Tukaram Mundhe has tendered his resignation from the civic services. Senior civic officials have confirmed reports of Pattiwar’s resignation.
The officer was in the eye of storm for various reasons, including the controversial Fortis hospital deal and during the last standing committee meeting Shiv Sena corporator MK Madhvi listed out alleged illegal activities done by Pattiwar before municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe.
According to a source, “There were indications of inquiry being launched in the functioning of health department, but before that Pattiwar has tendered his resignation last week.”
It was only last month that municipal commissioner Mundhe had demoted Pattiwar as medical officer health, his original posting, as the post of additional municipal commissioner which Pattiwar was holding was yet to be sanctioned by the state government.
Chances of Pattiwar being posted as additional municipal commissioner again were grim as the posting of additional municipal commissioner is an administrative post and no person from engineering department or health department (which fall under the category of technical posts) can occupy such post.
Mundhe in a recent directive for doctors in civic hospitals has prohibited them from carrying out private practice. The circular also warns private hospitals of action if they take services of doctors from civic body. “Doctors working with civic body are given no practice allowance. They are supposed to serve only the civic body and not do any private practice,” said Mundhe.
Pattiwar continued on the post due to his close proximity to ruling NCP party leadership in the city. After taking over as municipal commissioner Mundhe has cracked whip on corrupt officers in the NMMC and as part of this exercise till date has suspended six officials, including a assessor and collector of property tax department Prakash Kulkarni and other officials of the level of assistant municipal commissioner.