Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik again lost his cool at the “janta darbaar”, this time on the former Municipal Commissioner when he found out that the Commissioner had sent back BSUP funds for rehabilitation of slum dwellers on grounds that NMMC was “incapable” to use the funds. He came down heavily on the former Commissioner and said that NMMC did not belong to any one person but to the general body of corporators who are blamed for all successes and failures of NMMC. The NMMC administration seems to be getting it all wrong and one person who isn’t happy about their disappointing performance is Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik, The administration gave yet another chance to the Minister to lambast them though the officer in question this time is former civic chief Vijay Nahata. The matter pertains to the BSUP funds. The BSUP that is Basic Services to the Urban Poor scheme was started by the Center to provide basic services to slums and poor settlements. Under the scheme, the NMMC was given Crores of funds to be utilized in NMMC jurisdiction. However when the funds came, the former Commissioner Vijay Nahata sent it back stating that they were “incapable” to use the funds as the area of all poor settlements belongs falls under MIDC, CIDCO or Thane Collector’s Office. However, the Commissioner did this without taking the Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik, MP Dr. Sanjeev Naik, MLA Sandeep Naik or even NMMC general body of corporators into confidence, which irked the Minister. Addressing the media, Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik termed the act of the former Commissioner was non sensical and ridiculous. The Minister said that the former Commissioner should not have said NMMC was incapable of using funds and should have sought to get the land on which poor are settled under NMMC. High handed bureaucracy at all levels seems to have become the new menace in government functioning and public welfare activities. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.
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