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Kailashnathan talks of downsizing in AMC Thursday, October 18, 2001
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Outgoing Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation commissioner K Kailashnathan has stressed on the need to cut down on excess staff in AMC to minimise unnecessary expenditure.
"It is the right of the Amdavadis to demand that they get the best services at the cheapest possible rates. Growing administrative costs and expenditures incurred by the AMC dictates that the staff strength be optimised and a good deal of accountability be inducted into each civic employee's responsibilities," he said.
The outgoing municipal commissioner told newsmen, on the eve of relinquishing office, that private participation in areas like AMTS, parks and gardens and even water supply, "may prove fruitful as people would have better facilities at cheaper rates, while the corporation would have lesser burden and be able to focus on providing quality civic amenities."
Talking about the long-term changes that he has been able to make ever since he took over as municipal commissioner in 1999, Kailashnathan spoke about the path-breaking property tax formula introduced earlier this year.
"This formula may initially bring down the regular income from collection of taxes but is already resulting in more number of tax payers. Since this formula ensures a fair amount of transparency in tax calculation and cuts down on any scope of disputes, that had, till date, become the order of the day in tax recovery resulting in accumulation of dues worth crores," he said.
The other achievements of Kailashnathan has been construction of Raska weir "that has solved Ahmedabad's water scarcity for at least 10 years" and adept handling of rescue and rehabilitation work after the city witnessed its worst-ever disaster in decades on January 26. In the pipeline is e-governance.
"E-governance through computerisation of many of our departments will ultimately mean a better response-time to people's grievances, strict monitoring at all levels of the corporation and thereby a better AMC," promised Kailashnathan.
News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]