As we enter 2009, it's time to look back at those people who played a crucial role to shape our lives. While there are many, NMTV chose two personalities who showed promise and excellence in their respective fields. NMTV Personality of the Year is a way to honor them for the efforts they have put in for bringing about a difference to the daily lives of the common man through their offices in style that has not been done before. For the – Politics the award is given to dynamic favouraite of Navi mumbaikars-Sandeep Naik .
He is young, he is suave, he is tech-savvy and he defies the belief that politicians are a gang of good-for-nothings. Exposed to the world of politics at a young age, the younger son of Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik comes from that breed of educated, young politicians that the nation craves for today. His dynamicity as a leader came to the forefront only after he took over as the Standing Committee Chairman of NMMC. His personal debonair soon started reflecting in the Standing Committee meets. Every meet discussed every issue that revolves around the lives of commoners in Navi Mumbai. Conducted with utmost discipline, healthy debates, progressive discussions and concrete decisions have redefined the standing committee meets.
To his credit Sandeep Naik is the first Chairman who took on the challenge of executing the first ever NMMC budget that crossed Rs 1000 Crores. And unlike past chairmen and most corporators in NMMC, Sandeep Naik ensures that he adds people’s touch to every administrative proposal. According to the Media, this is the first time in the history of NMMC that a Standing Committee Chairman had displayed focused, studied and enthusiastic adventurism in providing for amenities for the citizens in Navi Mumbai like Sandeep Naik. None of Sandeep Naik’s predecessors in office have cared to and dared to pin accountability on the heads of departments. Unlike past chairmen, he does not point past failures but stresses on immediate performance. Sandeep Naik and his team in the standing committee have dared to dream and spell out dream projects that has raised hopes of citizens for a truly world class city with best of amenities for the common man. For trying to bring about a heartening change in the age-old civic system and not just promising but working on realizing the promise to make Navi Mumbai a city with the best of the amenities.
NMMC Commissioner Vijay Nahata got the NMTV Personality of the Year award -Bureaucracy .