MLAs and former Minister lobby against the Municipal Commissioner

Speculations are rife that the State government is contemplating transferring Municipal Commissioner Md. Abdul Azeem. There is a buzz in the corridors of Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) that the Commissioner is being transferred. The employees were seen discussing the issue following reports of his getting transferred in a section of the vernacular dailies.

The elected representatives and a former minister are up in arms against the Commissioner following certain decisions taken by him. The MLAs are at loggerheads with the Commissioner ever since he issued a circular that the employees should take his permission before meeting the elected representatives.

The rift touched a boiling point when the Commissioner put forward a proposal to wriggle out from housing schemes sanctioned under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) programme.

The MLAs took objection to the proposal saying that they would have to face the music if the Corporation withdrew from housing. In fact, the VMC has asked the government to transfer the subject to Housing Corporation as the housing turned out to be a burden for it.

A former minister is also said to be unhappy with Mr. Azeem.

The Commissioner took objection to a shopping mall that has come up on the Eluru Road as the developers had not followed stipulated procedures including set backs. Mr. Azeem is said to have not budged to the pressures mounted by the former minister.

Subsequently, the MLAs and former minister are reportedly lobbying against the Commissioner, sources say.

When contacted, Mr. Azeem said that the government had not issued any GO regarding his transfer. He attended a conference with Municipal Administration Department higher ups in Hyderabad on Thursday and another meeting with Municipal Administration Minister Mahidhar Reddy is slated to be held on Friday.

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