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A number of AMCs, DMCs oppose Sitaram Kunte's decision to demote Ramesh Pawar

Saturday, 24 May 2014 - 7:25am IST | Agency: dna

Two days after leader of opposition Devendra Amberkar, with support from ruling Sena-BJP leaders, proposed moving a no-confidence motion against civic chief Sitaram Kunte in the backdrop of his decision to demote zone III deputy municipal commissioner Ramesh Pawar, on Thursday, 16 AMCs and 6 DMCs sent a signed letter expressing disapproval of Kunte's decision. A copy of the letter is with dna.

The letter also suggests creating a "separate post such as DMC health, finance, or DMC to municipal commissioner or zone VIII, for Ram Dhas," instead of demoting Pawar from his present post.

After the Supreme Court upheld the high court decision on DMC promotion regulations, the administration had decided to let Dhas take Pawar's position.

The current DMC to the municipal commissioner, MC Sudhir Naik's position/salary, etc are similar to that of DMC hawkers regulation (the position Pawar held), the letter further says.

"Naik's grade should be elevated and brought on par with either of the three vacant posts in engineering services. This would enable Dhas to assume the position of DMC hawkers regulation," the letter says.

"A couple of DMCs have expressed desire to go on long leave to enable Pawar to take temporary charge of any one of their posts till such a time a new post is created," the letter says.

Under no circumstance should an officer in the rank of a DMC should be demoted, especially when he is not at fault. And moreover, Pawar has not moved the court against the BMC administration, and no court has ruled against him either, the letter adds.

"The BMC administration's approach in this case is humiliating, disappointing and demotivating. Before taking such a decision, the administration should have taken into account the official's clean record, efficiency and integrity," the letter says.

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