Gave two days ultimatum, otherwise ‘dharna’ against collector Shilpa
Khandwa: The dispute between the Zila Panchayat President and the collector Shilpa Gupta aggravated to the level that, the president Rajpal Singh Tomar sent his resignation to the commissioner and chief secretary through fax. He also warned that, the collector must apologise for her behaviour within two days; otherwise, he will stage dharna against the collector.
The dispute arose during the meeting called by the collector for increasing service tenure of the contractual employees of Sarva Shiksha Abhityan. According to Tomar, the collector wanted increase in tenure of many non-eligible employees too, whose last tenure was not satisfactory and hence, he objected on this move. On his objection, the collector stopped him rudely, saying that, this is not a meeting of MNREGA, so he should keep quiet. The Jila Panchayat President, who has a status equivalent to a minister of state, felt this behaviour of the collector as an insult.
Therefore, dispute between Tomar and Gupta became so serious that Tomar boycotted the meeting. Afterwards, he sent his resignation through fax and demanded apology from the collector, within next two days. It is also mentionable that, the meeting was scheduled in the conference room of the collectorate, but the collector convened the meeting by calling all participants in her own room.
This also added in the feeling of disrespect by the collector towards the political leaders. This added in the same feeling, when the collector tried to stop Tomar, without hearing his objection properly. Neglecting him was also a serious mistake of the collector, while he is the president of the ‘purchasing committee’ of Sarva Shiksha Abhityan.
What the annoyed leader said?
“I have a decisive role in the meeting, but the collector neglected me and raised the tenure of many such contractual employees; whose last tenure was improper. I have objected on an against rule move of the collector and I received insulting words, so I am disheartened. I have sent my resignation to the commissioner and the chief secretary and after this; I will send it to the CM and BJP’s state president”. -Rajpal Singh Tomar, Zila Panchayat President, Sendhwa