The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has received a lot of flak for failing to streamline administration. Several attempts have been made in the past for the same, including repatriating officials on deputation to their parent departments, but to little avail.
Senior officials of the civic body, according to highly-paced sources, are now considering the cancellation of the post of Assistant Executive Engineer (AEE). There are some 60 AEEs in BBMP.
The senior officials believe that the AEEs have no real responsibility, what with the sanctioning powers vested with the Executive Engineers (EE) and field-level work entrusted to the Assistant Engineers (AE)/ Junior Engineers (JE). Each zone is headed by a Chief Engineer, who is responsible for looking after the civil works. The Chief Engineer is assisted by a Superintending Engineer (SE). Around 10 to 12 EEs work under the SE. The EEs oversee one of two sub-divisions. Each sub-division is headed by an AEE, while each ward in the sub-division will have an AE or JE to monitor field-level work.
Sources added that while EEs have the sanctioning powers, the AEEs only act as nodal officers and forwarding authorities. “With the cancellation of this additional post, the EE will have direct control over the field-level officers. This will definitely help streamline administration, as it will help cut out overlapping of work. This is the main reason behind the BBMP seriously mulling over the decision to do away with the AEE posts,” they said.
Another reason is the high salary component. Most of the AEEs belong to other government departments. “When they come to the BBMP on deputation, we will be forced to pay them according to the scale followed in their parent department, which is invariably much higher.”
Sources said the average monthly salary of AEEs, who are in the BBMP on deputation, is around Rs. 50,000. “If the 60 posts are cancelled, it means a tremendous saving for the cash-strapped civic body. A decision on this will be taken soon,” they added.
Assistant Executive Engineers head 60 sub-divisions of city ‘AEEs have no real powers and act as nodal officers'
Assistant Executive Engineers head 60 sub-divisions of city
‘AEEs have no real powers and act as nodal officers'