In the reshuffle of high-ranking IAS officers, while several bureaucrats have missed the bus, Cidco managing director Sanjay Mukherjee, an IAS officer of the 1996 batch, has emerged more powerful than his colleagues in the bureaucracy.
Mukherjee has been appointed Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority Commissioner in place of S V R Srinivas, who has been shifted to the Dharavi redevelopment project as OSD.
There was complete uncertainty over the posting of Mhada MD Anil Diggikar, who will be the new Cidco MD. Protocol secretary Manisha Mhaiskar-Patankar has taken over the reins of the public works department. A cursory glance over Mukherjee’s two and a half decade bureaucratic career leads one to the conclusion that he had secured plum assignments, mostly in the infrastructure sector. As Cidco managing director, his performance was impressive, particularly in the progress of the proposed Navi-Mumbai airport. As an excise commissioner, Mukherjee brought in revolutionary changes in revenue mobilization and made several administrative reforms. As BMC additional commissioner, Mukherjee streamlined key infrastructure projects and ensured most were completed in a timed-bound period. However, the most important quality of Mukherjee was that he had very cordial relations with successive CMs such as Vilasrao Deshmukh, Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan, Devendra Fadnavis and now Eknath Shinde.
Caught in the net:
For the Nashik anti-corruption bureau led by Sharmishta Walawalkar, it was a prized catch when it trapped a high-profile administrative officer in Nashik Municipal Corporation’s education branch. A week ago, the ACB trapped administrative officer Sunita Dhangar while accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 from a dismissed headmaster of a private school. In the wake ofa series of complaints against the headmaster, the management dismissed him from service. The HM challenged his dismissal before the Nashik school tribunal, which stayed the dismissal order and directed the management to reinstate him. When the HM approached the school management, it declined to oblige him. An aggrieved HM then sought intervention of Dhangar, who agreed to step in provided he paid her Rs 50,000 and another Rs 5,000 to her clerk. A shocked HM then approached the ACB, which caught Dhangar and her assistant Nitin Joshi taking the bribe. It is now the responsibility of school education minister Deepak Kesarkar to ensure the HM is reinstated.>