[Ravindra A Jagtap (IAS) taking charge at his Malegaon Municipal Corporation office on Wednesday May 3, 2016 (ummid.com photo)]
Malegaon: A week after receiving transfer orders, Ravindra A Jagtap (IAS), the new Municipal Commissioner of Malegaon Municipal Corporation (MMC), on Wednesday formally assumed charge of his office, and immediately got to work.
"I will definitely try to live up to the expectations of people of Malegaon", he said while talking to ummid.com.
Ravindra Jagtap has replaced Kishore Borode, who has been transferred to Sholapur. The reshuffle took place after the Maharashtra government on April 27 transefrred as many as 73 top officials from their existing posts.
There has been a persistent pressure on the government to post an IAS officer as civic chief in Malegaon. For, the civic body is known for rampant corruption, ineffective planning, incompetent and unqualified staff and almost defunct civic activities.
"I will take a review of the current situation in the next couple of days and will come out with an action plan", he said.
In response to a question he said his top priority will be to restore 'order' at the civic body and focus on improved essential amenities for the people.
"Sanitation and to provide other essential amenities in time are definitely on top of my agenda", he said.
"But", he added, "I will defintely look into what best I can do for the people of Malegaon."
Ravindra Jagtap, who has over 23 years of working on different posts at places like Nashik, Pune, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar and Beed, is the second IAS officer to work as Municipal Commissioner Malegaon.
The immediate challenge RA Jagtap faces is the poor financial management of the civic body - known for delaying salaries to the staff for months due to lack of funds.
It is alleged that crores of rupees are released to contractors, normally kin of corporators, every month while the municipal staff, especially the teachers and pensioners are left without salaries for months.
The Malegaon Municipal Corporation (MMC) is also famous for planning projects on papers but failing in actal implementation and execution. The new commissioner is also expected to complete many incomplete projects besides improving poor infrastructure.
Jagtap had done MPSC and later promoted to IAS cadre. Earlier, DG Philip, who served as Municipal Commisioner of Malegaon after Dr. Harshdeep Kamble, was also from the same cadre.
Dr. Harshdeep Kamble was the first IAS officer appointed as the civic chief of Malegaon in 2001 when the Malegaon civic body was converted into a corporation.
Kamble remained on the post only for six months. But, the mark he left in these six years was so strong that people of Malegaon demanded an IAS officer for the post.