The Mumbai Metropolitan Development Authority (MMRDA) led by Rahul Asthana has Wrote to chief secretary that Mr Ratnakar Gaikwad Should pay Dues which is use during his CS tenure. Gaikawad dues scam come in light after RTI plea.
MMRDA already issue a notice cum letter to former commissioner and his predecessor Ratnakar Gaikwad asking him to pay dues worth over Rs 1,32,232 pending against him for the use of telephone, internet and gas connection facilities by him at his official residence.
Asthana-led MMRDA claims it had provided and paid for these services at Gaikwad's official residence for over a year even after he was transferred to Mantralaya as chief secretary.
An RTI query has revealed MMRDA had sent a notice cum letter to its former commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad asking him to pay total Rs 1.33 lakh dues against use of facilities usage for over a year between January 2011 and May 2012 at Jetwan, official residence of the MMRDA chief. Gaikwad is now the state information commissioner.
MMRDA said Gaikwad was not entitled to these facilities because he was the CS when he stayed in MMRDA's accommodation. Upon receiving the notice Gaikwad paid over Rs 15,500 against the phone bill but his present office as state information commissioner has now refused to pay the remaining amount, over Rs 1.15 lakh, saying he was also chief of MMRDA's executive committee, during his posting as CS.
After this high level misuse issue some top officers of UD dept trying to close this dues chapter and helpout Mr Gailkwad. The latest letter to chief secretary by MMRDA refutes this claim saying the facility was not applicable to him as the CS. The letter clearly mention that MMRDA Act & under resolution no 1158 of 4 March 2010 of 240th Executive Committee, allows the MMRDA's new quarters free of rent and electricity only for metropolitan commissioner, joint metropolitan commissioner and additional metropolitan commissioner at their official quarters. Aastana also indicate that sanction benefit should give to Chief Secretary or Chairman of Executive Committee is not clearly mention in resolution so its not permitted to Chief Secretary or Chairman of Executive Committee. In Past MMRDA not give any such type of benefit so if allowed now then in future also we bound of that and This could set a dangerous precedent.Now its duty of CM and some Top officers not to interfere in this Issue.Insted of appreciate MMRDA action some officers trying to close Gaikwad chapter. Now its good time to Mr Gakiwad to pay all dues and show his Ethics...