Post a surprise inspection, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) ended up pulling up about 191 employees. While some had to face pay cut, others were transferred or summoned for departmental inquiry for not sticking to office hours.
The surprise inspection was conducted in the third week of February 2022, following complaints regarding employees leaving early or reporting late for duty.
Abhijit Bangar, municipal commissioner, NMMC, upon receipt of these complaints, had issued a circular warning employees of strict action if they failed to follow the regular office hours, that is, 9:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. five days a week. Those in the peon category come in by 9:30 a.m. and leave by 6:30 p.m.
Last year, Bangar himself had inspected and found that officials were reporting late for duty, following which a memorandum was issued against the said officials. When Bangar conducted surprise checks again this year in February, he found that the problem was deeply ingrained and that many employees were still showing up late for work.
At least 165 officials had to give up a day’s salary as punishment for being irregular during the three-day inspection. Two days’ salary was deducted for 22 employees for late arrival on two days. Four employees who were late for three days consecutively had to face a three-day salary cut and also a transfer. All these employees also have a red mark in their service book.