Mumbai: For 33 years, Shantaram Vichare
served in the Standing Committee of the Brihanmumbai Municipal
Corporation (BMC) oblivious to a regulation which stipulates
that an employee cannot remain in the same department for more
than three years.
Vichare joined the BMC in 1978 as a peon in the standing
committee and was promoted to junior stenographer in December
1979. Eleven years later, he was promoted as senior
stenographer and then in March 2000, he was appointed as
personal assistant to the Standing Committee chairman.
From 1978 till 2011, Vichare remained immune to BMC
rules, which stated that all employees must be transferred
every three years.
"After serving for 33 years in the same department of the
corporation, Vichare retired yesterday. In 2002, he was
transferred to the office of Ward A and B but Vichare instead
of taking charge there went on a two month leave and returned
to work only after he was transferred back to the Standing
Committee," RTI activist Anil Galgali has said.
When Galgali sought information under RTI regarding the
resolution and all those employees who have remained in the
same department for more than three years, the civic body
replied that it was following the transfer norms.
Galgali had in March this year also written a letter to
Municipal Commissioner Subodh Kumar bringing the issue to his
notice. "The commissioner had replied saying that he has
initiated an inquiry into the matter but till date no action
has been taken," Galgali said.
The resolution was passed so as to discourage corruption.
But, there are several others who have been working in the
same department of the corporation for years together, he
While Standing Committee Chairperson Rahul Shevale
refused to comment, the BMC commissioner Subodh Kumar could
not be contacted.