CHIEF Account Officer (CAO) Dada Patil of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) is a law unto himself. Despite orders from higher-ups, the CAO of UMC did not cut the salary of 78 UMC officials and released Rs 12 crore to the Konark group of companies illegally. Patil, who should be called ‘Cheat’ Account Officer (CAO), was also kicked upstairs and promoted to deputy director but he has kept sitting on the assistant director’s chair, for which the reason is very clear: the assistant director’s position is a creamy one, where he can get large commissions to issue and clear bills, like in the case of corrupt company Konark.
On November 1, 2015, the election to the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) was held. Several UMC officials were deployed on election duty. On the second day, November 2, more than 129 UMC officials from various departments were found absent on duty. Shocked administration officials issued a show-cause notice and initiated an inquiry against them. The inquiry found that a few officials had taken leave in advance and their absence was genuine but the reasons provided by 78 officials were unsatisfactory. The department punished 65 officials with a pay cut of a day and 13 with a half-day salary.
The Assistant Municipal Commissioner, the Deputy Municipal Commissioner even the Municipal Commissioner ordered the cut in pay for the guilty and on January 14, 2016, Dada Patil accepted the order and promptly failed to act on it. “Reason I don’t know but this is true that CAO has not followed superiors’ instructions till now,” said Yuvraj Bhadane, Spokesperson, UMC.
Rs 12 crore illegally released to Konark
Dada Patil, who avoids reducing the salary of the guilty, is also fond of aggressively clearing bills of the Konark group of companies. On two occasions he released Rs 12 crore to Konark Company. Konark group of companies is infamous for its illegal activities in the city. It also has a contract for the collection and transportation of solid waste generated from street sweeping, community bins and door-to-door collection on outsourcing basis.
What is most shocking is that Dada Patil issued the money from the 14th pay commission funds granted solely for development purposes. There are a lot of necessary works pending with the corporation, but Patil does not care. He cares only about issuing the Rs 12 crore, which he did in batches of Rs 6 crore each.
Those punished with a day’ salary cut
Deepak Dhole, Deepak Mamtani, Rani Kukreja, Prakash Jawale, Krishna Khirari, Moti Panjabi, Navin Sharma, Umesh Hotchandani, Anjana Dhakle, Naresh Makhija, Ravindra Pardeshi, Ramesh Ramji, Pawan Kamane, Bharat More, S B Sasane, Manisha Mahajan, Ashok Ramrakhyani, Harishchandra Humne, Rani Lalwani, Anand Bhanushali, Namdeo Chavan, Umesh Hajare, Ravi Bijlani, Ulhas Rathod, Mahesh Badlani, Sunita Vaturkar, Rajesh Jawale, Omprakash Yadav. S S Donde, Parvati Virnak, Arun Dev, Ashok Shinde, Suresh Kriplani, Jitendra Mata, Vaibhav Thombre, Balu Bhangre, Avinash Chatole, Baburao Pachpinde, Raju Pawar, Tarun Pherwani, Tanaji Dagale, Ragini Palshikar, Kanta Notani, Maya Lassi, R P Kulkarni, Sandeep Bidlan, Arpita Joshi, Jagdish Shaukin, Raju Pawar, Dinesh Tripathi, Kanchan Pamnani, Girish Dawani, Sunil Kene, Bhupesh Pawar, Babasaheb Salunkhe, Manohar Wakode, Abhimanyu Bhoir, Laxman Bhawal, Bhiva Wadhvinde, Fakira Pagare, Anil Wajhirani, Chandu Mokashi, Haresh Kewlani and M R Naik.
Those punished with salary cut of half day
Tanaji Patangrao, Paresh Gawade, Raju Mehrolia, Katya Umbarsada, Shankar Ahire, Sharada Kinlekar, Prakash Keswani, Vandana More, Ashok Jawale, K K Wagh, Kavita Darji, Rajendra Chatole, Shahu Nikalje and P B Mhatre.