NAVI MUMBAI Municipal Commissioner Mundhe Tukaram Haribhau’s transfer order has not gone well with its residents. The ordinary citizens adjoining the area have adopted a massive signature campaign to stall Mundhe’s transfer order as they feel, the removal of the 2005 batch IAS officer from that post was arbitrary in nature, and was possibly done at the behest of the builders’ lobby among others. Mundhe is considered honest, straightforward and highly popular, and has taken on the…builders’ lobby and even BJP corporators, apart from suspending 10 civic officials for dereliction of duty, the reasons that may have prompted his unceremonious exit from the key civic body.
According to reports, the protests by citizens are being led by Navi Mumbai Citizen Forum, RTI activists and writers etc. They have been trying to collect 50,000 signatures in an appeal to the CM and the Governor to cancel the officer’s transfer order. Mundhe’s proactive way of removing illegal hawkers, political hoardings etc. has made him popular among citizens even as his action irked the influential lot in the city including some politicians.
An MA in political science, Mundhe as an IAS had earlier worked as CEO of Khadi and Village Industries Board, CEO of Zila Panchayat, Washim, additional commissioner of Tribal development department at Nasik etc.
42-year-old officer has also done some short courses — one on ethical issues in administration from Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie and another on multidisciplinary perspectives on urban development from the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.