Bhayandar: Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) chief Dr Naresh Gite has asked municipal corporators to return tablets given to them by the civic administration in 2013 or face the risk of being deprived of the ‘no dues’ certificate, a much-needed document, which has to be submitted to contest civic polls, scheduled for August 20.
As part of its eco-friendly plans, the civic body had spent over Rs 23 lakh to distribute high-end Samsung-Galaxy Tabs to 95 elected representatives and five co-opted members spending another Rs 1.25 lakh to ensure paperless governance.
The idea was to send official notices, invitations and meeting agendas on their electronic gadget via the internet. After dilly-dallying for over a year, the civic administration finally started sending out agendas of civic meetings by e-mail to all corporators.
However, the tablets were reduced to showpieces as barring a few exceptions, brought them for civic meetings. While the administrative wing continued wasting its precious time and money in churning out thousands of xerox copies each month, the tablets, in most cases, were used for personal and gaming purposes.
Only 25 corporators had returned the tabs. Taking a serious note of the issue Dr Gite issued a stern warning to corporators to return the gadget or be deprived of the no dues certificate. The generous distribution of tablets to corporators has turned out to be a sheer futility and waste of money for the public exchequer.