Nashik Municipal Corporation Struggles To Balance Election Duties With Essential Services

Nashik Municipal Corporation Struggles To Balance Election Duties With Essential Services

With responsibility for vital amenities like water, roads, healthcare, education, and street lighting, the NMC finds itself stretched thin as it juggles election duties with service provision.

Prashant NikaleUpdated: Thursday, April 04, 2024, 04:17 PM IST
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Nashik Municipal Corporation Struggles To Balance Election Duties With Essential Services |

The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) faces a critical challenge as it grapples with the allocation of staff for upcoming elections, leaving essential services hanging in the balance.

With responsibility for vital amenities like water, roads, healthcare, education, and street lighting, the NMC finds itself stretched thin as it juggles election duties with service provision.

Despite a population of 2.2 lakh relying on the NMC for crucial services, the corporation's workforce of 4,200 employees falls short of meeting the city's needs. The allocation of just 2,000 staff members for election-related tasks exacerbates the strain on resources, rendering it impossible to ensure uninterrupted service delivery to the populace.

50 percent workforce diverted

With nearly 50 percent of its workforce diverted for election work, the NMC anticipates significant disruptions to basic services. Residents may face challenges accessing clean water, well-maintained roads, adequate healthcare, education facilities, and street lighting as the municipality struggles to cope with the shortfall in staffing.

To address the staffing shortfall, the NMC plans to enlist employees from other government offices to fulfill election-related obligations. However, the transition is expected to occur gradually, with the initial phase involving the assignment of ten officers and 60 clerks to election duties at the Collectorate.

As Nashik braces for the impact of reduced municipal staffing, citizens expressed apprehension over the potential ramifications on their daily lives. The inability to access essential services reliably raises concerns about public health, safety, and overall quality of life, prompting calls for swift action to mitigate the impending crisis.

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