personality1As we enter 2009, it’s time to look back at those people who played a crucial role to shape our lives. While there are many, NMTV chose two personalities who showed promise and excellence in their respective fields. Choosing them as NMTV Personality of the Year is a way to honor them for the efforts they have put in for bringing about a difference to the daily lives of the common man through their offices in style that has not been done before. Take a look at who is NMTV Personality of the Year 2008 – Politics. He is young, he is suave, he is tech-savvy and he defies the belief that politicians are a gang of good-for-nothings. Exposed to the world of politics at a young age, the younger son of Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik comes from that breed of educated, young politicians that the nation craves for today. His dynamicity as a leader came to the forefront only after he took over as the Standing Committee Chairman of NMMC. His personal debonair soon started reflecting in the Standing Committee meets. Every meet discussed every issue that revolves around the lives of commoners in Navi Mumbai. Conducted with utmost discipline, healthy debates, progressive discussions and concrete decisions have redefined the standing committee meets. To his credit Sandeep Naik is the first Chairman who took on the challenge of executing the first ever NMMC budget that crossed Rs 1000 Crores. And unlike past chairmen and most corporators in NMMC, Sandeep Naik ensures that he adds people’s touch to every administrative proposal. NMTV News has been attending Standing Committee meets since we started reportage in Navi Mumbai but never in the past has a Standing Committee Chairman displayed focused, studied and enthusiastic adventurism in providing for amenities for the citizens in Navi Mumbai like Sandeep Naik. None of Sandeep Naik’s predecessors in office have cared to and dared to pin accountability on the heads of departments. Unlike past chairmen, he does not point past failures but stresses on immediate performance. Sandeep Naik and his team in the standing committee have dared to dream and spell out dream projects that has raised hopes of citizens for a truly world class city with best of amenities for the common man. For trying to bring about a heartening change in the age-old civic system and not just promising but working on realizing the promise to make Navi Mumbai a city with the best of the amenities – your channel has chosen Sandeep Naik as the NMTV Personality of the Year – Politics. Comparing work of persons in office is tough, but what when you decide to choose between achievers in a calendar year? Frankly, it gets even tougher. In our list of persons who made a difference to everyday living in Navi Mumbai, two more names could not be overlooked – two officers who gave to Navi Mumbai in one year what their predecessors had failed to give for years put together. And we chose one of these officers as the NMTV Personality of the Year in the bureaucratic category. CIDCO had not seen an officer with the vision of former Managing Director Anil Kumar Lakhina till Deepak Kapoor took charge as the Jt. Managing Director of the corporation. Deepak Kapoor gave Navi Mumbai a cultural and social facelift in the form of the Central Park and Urban Haat besides upgrading the internal functioning of CIDCO and attempting to make CIDCO functioning transparent. He faced massive opposition when he decided to install CCTV cameras in the CIDCO 12.5% PAP office to make the department corruption free. And while he might not have been successful in making 12.5% allotments corruption free, he did manage to ensure that the dealing did not take place within the CIDCO office’s PAP dept. His sudden transfer was a big blow to many prestigious projects of CIDCO including the international airport. NMTV panel commended his work during the selection of NMTV Personality of the Year but the final choice for the honors was another officer. An officer whose work not only needs to be recognized but honored as well – NMMC Commissioner Vijay Nahata. Never in the past has the civic body seen a Commissioner like him. He was everything that Navi Mumbai needed at a time when the biggest and most significant public welfare projects were underway in the city. The functioning of the NMMC never looked as good. We aren’t saying this, numbers are. In his first year as NMMC Commissioner, revenue in cess went up by 30% and property taxes by 40%. Besides this, immediate public work that was pending for years were expedited by way of school vision, toilet vision and hospital vision. 550 news officials joined the NMMC team. The Kalamboli to Digha water pipeline work was activated till Vashi. He is the first Commissioner who started the trend of personally visiting the city nodes to set the administration priorities right on conducting public work. And while he faces criticism and opposition from most corporators, he never bows down to pressure. Not surprisingly he has won the hearts of Navi Mumbaikars and has been chosen by your channel as the NMTV Personality of the Year – Bureaucracy.

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