A year passes without a full-time Commissioner for MCC

Posted on Nov 13th, 2014 and filed under Editorials.

It has been a year since Mangaluru City Corporation had a full-time Commissioner. Mangaluru being the largest city of the coastal districts constantly sees implementation of several developmental projects. That such a city is still waiting for a full-time Commissioner indeed reveals the lack of will power on the part of the government. Now the problem has reached to such an extent that the opposition party has decided to sit on a dharna demanding appointment of a full time Commissioner.
The irony is that Mangalore does not have Commissioner despite Vinay Kumar Sorake, who holds the Urban Development Portfolio which is responsible for the appointment of staff to local bodies, hailing from the district. What does this signify? Though an officer named Prasanna was once appointed on a stop-gap basis he was transferred even before he could take charge.
It seems the MCC Commissioner’s post which has become a matter of prestige for the two ministers from the coastal districts, has become hot seat.
When Ajith Kumar Hegde who was holding the post was discharging his duties satisfactorily, Sorake did not allow him to continue just because he wanted an officer of his choice to the post.
This is the problem that arises whenever a minister decides to uphold personal interests in such appointments. The people need to know the intention behind the minister s move.
If sources are to be believed, the minister has fixed a monthly amount to every officer and those who fail to pay the amount will naturally face the ire of the minister. This being the case, ruling party sources say sincere officers are trying their level best to escape the eyes of the minister.
It is indeed surprising the Congress leaders who had raised a clamour about the corruption during the BJP tenure, have now tolerated a minister like Sorake in their own government.

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