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Suspension of CCMC head clerk extended

Curchorem: Curchorem-Cacora Municipal Council (CCMC) Chief Officer Kapil Phadte has extended the suspension period of their Head Clerk Ujaini Prabhudessai for another three months for dereliction of duties and professional misconduct.

According to Phadte, the Suspension Review Committee of the CCMC consisting of three members recommended him to extend her suspension period for another three months with effect from this month. “After going through my reply and considering the matter in the charge-sheet filed in the High Court, they have decided to extend her suspension period,” Phadte said.

“Secondly I have voluntarily informed the High Court that some files are also missing from the CCMC office and therefore inquiry has to be conducted and that we are in the process of filing a police complaint in this regard, but unfortunately we could not file it as we required permission from the council to do so. And since the model code of conduct is in force, we cannot summon council meeting,” Phadte said and informed that they would hold the council meeting soon after receiving permission from the Election Commission which they have sought.

It may be recalled that, in December last year the chief officer suspended Prabhudessai as she had cleared the files without verifying Form I & XIV which were put-up to her for scrutiny to allot house numbers to the illegal structures as per the DMA circular.

Meanwhile, Chairperson Felix Fernandes informed that the meeting with hoteliers, restaurant owners and doctors to fix the garbage collection charges could not be held due to the model code of conduct has come into force after the announcement of election scheduled by the Election Commission of India and the same would be held once the municipality receives permission from the ECI as the new fees for the garbage collection has to come into force from April 1.

It may be recalled that the CCMC, during the meeting held between the council and Curchorem Market Association members including other association of traders from, decided to levy fees of Re 1 per day and Rs 600 per year for houses and small shop owners/traders respectively to collect the garbage with effect from April 1 and hold another separate meeting with hoteliers, restaurants owners and doctors. [H]

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