Promoted officer stays put in SRA; successor can`t join!

Call it the lure of the slum rehabilitation scheme.

Mumbai: Call it the lure of the slum
rehabilitation scheme.

A Maharashtra Government officer is yet to relinquish
his posting in the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA), which
oversees slum rehab projects worth thousands of crores,
despite being transferred on promotion.

The officer, Nitin Kale, who was Assistant Registrar
at SRA office in suburban Bandra, was shifted on promotion as
District Deputy Registrar cooperatives in adjoining Thane
district in May after four years in the post. He took charge
of the new post on May 26 but continues to work from his old
office, without being assigned additional charge.

What is interesting that another officer, who was
posted on the vacant post in SRA after Kale`s transfer, has
not been allowed to take charge.

Pratap Patil, who was on deputation with Cooperative
Banks Association, was transferred on May 31 as Assistant
Registrar at SRA office in suburban Bandra. When he went to
take charge of the new post, he was told by his superior
officer to contact the Chief Minister`s office, sources in the
housing department said.

After he was relieved from the earlier post on June 1,
Patil went to SRA office on June 2 to submit the joining
report but was not allowed to do so, they said.

When contacted S S Zende, CEO of SRA, said that
"somebody was supposed to take charge of Kale`s post but it
seems the file is still with the housing department. Kale is
holding additional charge."

However, the state government has not authorised Kale
to hold additional charge, sources said. Zende has moved a
proposal to upgrade the post so that Kale could officially
continue in the SRA office, they added.

Housing Secretary Sitaram Kunte was unavailable for

At a time when his remaining present in Thane to deal
with problems faced by farmers` cooperatives and disbursal of
crop loans is imperative, Kale`s presence at the plum SRA post
he occupied for four years is a topic of discussion in the
housing department.


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