It is now common knowledge that the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has excess staff. There are over 894 officials who are in the BBMP on deputation. The issue has been raised several times in the BBMP council.

Now, the BBMP has decided to repatriate officials on deputation to their parent departments. Commissioner Siddaiah has issued an order in this regard and stated that the BBMP did not require the services of these officials.

On Thursday, the BBMP repatriated 73 officials working in various capacities to their parent departments — nine executive engineers, 16 assistant executive engineers, 19 assistant engineers, six junior engineers, five assistant controllers (revenue), 10 first division clerks and eight accountants.

According to sources, of the 894 officials, as many as 135 have served over five years in the BBMP, while another 135 have served for three years. As per the Karnataka Civil Service Rules, officials on deputation can serve for three years in another department, known as common period, and a maximum period of five years. However, after five years, the officials have to serve for a minimum of two years in their parent department, known as “cooling off period.” Sources added that there are as many as 52 officials on deputation in the BBMP's forest department, 171 in the health department, 555 in the engineering department, 104 in the accounts department and 12 in the education department.

They said that in serious violation of the rules, eight officials in the health department have served for 20 years, while 38 officials have served for more than 10 years.

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