Friday, May 29, 2009

the issue of 10% reservation policy for the poor at fortis - Hiranandani at standing committee chairman Sandeep Naik meet

corporators have a dead conscience because they fail to stand up for the basic rights of the poor always but NMMC does have corporators whose conscience suddenly woke up after our report. Two such voices were heard at the weekly Standing Committee meet where corporators Namdeo Bhagat and Shivram Patil raised the issue of the 10% reservation policy for poor patients Fortis – Hiranandani hospital. Chairman Sandeep Naik announced a special general body meet to formulate the policy by June 10.

It may be recalled that how NMMC’s very purpose of giving away half of the poor man’s hospital building at Vashi to Hiranandani – Fortis Super Specialty was to make super specialty and additional medial services accessible to the poor. But it’s been months the Hiranandani – Fortis Super Specialty has gone functional and the NMMC’s administration’s revised policy for referring poor patients to the Hiranandani – Fortis Super Specialty Hospital is still not in place. We had met Sandeep Thakur – city’s own lone crusader for public issues.

Sandeep Thakur had said that the delay could be intentional to benefit the private parties. Despite his assurances, Commissioner Vijay Nahata failed to bring the revised proposal in the Standing Committee for second week in a row and with corporators not raising the delay on part of the administration, there was reason to believe that corporators have a dead conscience but two corporators in NMMC whose conscience woke up suddenly after our report. In this Standing Committee meet, corporators Namdeo Bhagat and Shivram Patil raised the issue of the 10% reservation policy for poor patients Fortis – Hiranandani hospital. Shivram Patil said that NMMC has given place to Fortis – Hiranandani but the policy 10% reservation of the poor has not been formulated. He further asked the administration to specify the super specialty facilities that the NMMC would be getting in the Fortis – Hiranandani Hospital.

Namdeo Bhagat attacked the administration for the delay in complete sarcasm stating that the Commissioner and the Chairman get the credit for all the good work being done by NMMC then why does the media blame corporators for follies. He also questioned why the administration has shown haste in beginning the hospital without taking the benefits due to NMMC from the tie-up.

A defensive Commissioner Vijay Nahata who until now was blaming the Standing Committee for not approving the proposal, this time also blamed the general body for it. Realizing that administration was pushing the blame on corporators, Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik tried to salvage some pride of the corporators and said that it was the administration’s responsibility to get the proposal at the earliest.

He gave an assurance that they will formulate a policy in a special general body meeting to be convened for this soon. The Chairman’s announcement however did not stop Namdeo Bhagat who conscience seems to have come alive suddenly as had blamed corporators for sitting silent on the issue but said that he wasn’t one of those corporators who sat as mute spectators. He again lamented that when the delay is from the administration then why are corporators blamed for it. Taunting he said that the Commissioner and Standing Committee Chairman are glorified for the good work then why are corporators blamed for the apathy to public issues.

Standing Committee Chairman again concluded the issue by declaring that they will hold a special general body meeting to discuss the issue. When Shivram Patil urged to give the subject a deadline, Chairman Sandeep Naik assured it would be taken up within two days.

Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik reiterated the same. On the question of a date for the same, the Chairman said that it would be finalized by June 10. It is being alleged it due to the favorism towards Fortis-Hiranandani being showed by former Medical Officer Dr. Sanjay Pattiwar and present medical officer Dr. Paropkari that is one reason for the delay. However, now that the issue has been taken up by corporators, one can hope that finally the poor man gets benefit from Hiranandani-Fortis hospital.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sandeep Naik visits wards to check pre-monsoon cleaning work

NMMC Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik toured the city wards to get a first hand information on the pre-monsoon cleaning work done in the city.

NMMC Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik took a tour of the wards from Digha to Turbhe to get a first hand information about the pre-monsoon work that has been completed by the NMMC administration. His first visit was to Digha where he physically visited the pre-monsoon nullah cleaning work at Ganesh Thakur’s ward. His next stop was to Airoli, then Koperkhairane and Vashi where again he met with the heads of the respective departments. He was accompanied by City Engineer Mohan Dagaonkar during his visits. NMMC Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik spoke on the purpose of his visit.

He further expressed disappointment that 100% work as was expected was not there and the situation of the low lying areas was still grim. However, it was unfortunate to see that at many wards, the ward officers were themselves not present to give the status of the work completed. The same was expressed by the Standing Committee Chairman. Post his visit, Sandeep Naik has given a deadline to all ward offices to implement the changes and complete the pre-monsoon cleaning work by May 30th or else strict action would be taken against the erring officers.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Sandeep Naik is the Standing Committee chairman once again

The Times of Navi Mumbai
Friday, May 8, 2009,
He has become the chairman for the third consecutive year, as no other candidate expresses the desire to file their Nomination Papers from Navi Mumbai this year.

Vashi: From the last two years, NMMC’s Standing Committee’s chairman post has been held by Sandeep Naik. This year, he has become the chairman for the third consecutive year. “We won this post unopposed, as no other corporator filed his nominations papers for this post on Thursday, at the NMMC headquarters. So no voting was required.” Said NMMC secretary Chandrakant Devkar. Naik will be declared chairman of the standing committee 2009-10 led by the divisional commissioner of Konkan Bhavan on Friday at the standing Committee hallThis decision has turned many heads in the Nationalist Congress party (NCP), as no other corporator has been given the chance to head important civic committees, other than Sandeep Naik by the party officials. This being the last year for the current corporators, there were many waiting in the queue for this post. However, no corporator from NCP expressed their wish to file their nomination for this post, as Naik expressed his interest. Although names of some of the committee members, like Anant Sutar, were in the air, the party leaders showed their confidence in Naik, who is expected to lead NCP in the civic elections next year.
“We were not even consulted when the decision regarding the chairman was taken. But we knew it will be him. We can only hope that Naik will make good decisions and will win the confidence of the common man, as we all will have to stand for elections within a year. Whatever decision is taken by this Standing Committee will eventually affect the Voter’s decision,” said one of the senior members, on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, the name for wards, president has also been filed. Out of sic wards, only one ward has been given to congress party; the remaining five are with NCP.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Nmmc Standing Committee Members Selection including Sandeep Naik

The selection of 8 members to the Standing Committee was done at the special general body meeting convened at the NMMC HQ. The selection was necessitated due to the termination of the 2 years tenure of 8 members from the Standing Committee that included NCP’s Sandeep Naik, Ashok Patil, M K Madhvi, Devidas Hande Patil, Congress’s Avinash Lad and Sangeeta Sutar and Anant Sutar and Satvashila Karne of the Ashtvinayak group.
Of these Sandeep Naik, M K Madhvi and Anant Sutar have been retained while the new names to enter the Standing Committee are NCP’s Ravindra Ithape and Aparna Gavte, Congress’s Santosh Shetty and Shashikala Kale and Shivram Patil. Mayor Anjani Bhoir declared the names of the new members following which the Mayor, Dy. Mayor Shashikant Bhoir and DMC J N Sinnarkar felicitated the members. Sandeep Naik re-induction to the Standing Committee indicates that he is likely to continue as the Standing Committee Chairman.
With two successful terms as Standing Committee Chairman, Sandeep Naik has embarked on several major projects for the city. Sources reveal that despite Sandeep Naik’s reluctance to continue, the NCP wanted him back as Chairman so that Sandeep can continue the progressive work he has been doing in the crucial year of assembly and corporation elections