Herald: STAFF AT PWD’S BUILDING SECTION VASCO OVERSTRESSED SINCE LAST TWO YEARS
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STAFF AT PWD’S BUILDING SECTION VASCO OVERSTRESSED SINCE LAST TWO YEARS

15 Feb 2018 05:12am IST

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NAVIN JHA/Herald vasco

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15 Feb 2018 05:12am IST

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NAVIN JHA/Herald vasco

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Department has only 13 personnel while they need over 35 with important posts like electricians and plumbers and draughtsman lying vacant

The skeleton staff at the office of Assistant Engineer, Sub- Division IV, Works Division VIII (Buildings-Vasco) under Public Works Department (PWD) is under stress looking after four constituencies of the Mormugao Taluka.

Officially there are multiple roles of this office as they are assigned the task of looking after the day to day maintenance of existing government buildings including quarters and offices, Anganwadi’s etc. Besides these responsibilities, this office also looks after the planning and construction of new government buildings. However functioning with only one third of required staff,  the officers and staffs working at this office are forced to face serious challenges almost every day since the last two years and who knows how many more year in future.

As per the information obtained by this reporter, the PWD’s building section office in Vasco currently functions with a total of 14 personnel  which includes one Assistant engineer, two Junior Engineers, one plumber, two supervisors, two helpers, two lady helpers, Two typists, one mason and one watchman.

The minimum requirement of this office is over 35 staffs to handle routine day to day works and importantly maintenance works. “We require a  minimum four Junior Engineers (each to look after one constituency), four supervisors, four watchman to guard Junata quarters and general pool quarters however we are managing with one watchman. Similarly we require a minimum of four pump operators however we have none. Also to take up day to day maintenance works at government quarters and other official buildings we requires minimum of eight to ten laborer’s and at least four sweepers and two scavengers but we have none and thus we are forced to outsource many of our jobs,” revealed an officer under condition of anonymity. 

Furthermore this office faces regular criticisms from the member of public as well as by political leaders due to pending maintenance of several government quarters and other buildings, but people are not aware of the fact that many maintenance jobs are pending because the important post of draughtsman, electrician and plumber is yet to be filled.

“In absence of such staffs we are outsourcing the jobs by following due process and while following the process we need to obtain approval from government and everyone knows about how much a file gets delayed at approval level like in the case of sada sub jail building for which financial approval of Rs 4 lakhs to conduct NDT test is pending since July 2017” said  officer under condition of anonymity informed herald.

 Though this department has one plumber but to look after 450 odd government quarters (located at Junta quarters- Baina, General pool- Bogda, Police quarters- Bogda and at Chicalim) isn’t an easy affair for a lone plumber.

“Whenever any minor or mishaps is reported in government buildings, it is the PWD Building section that comes first into the picture. The senior officers of state administrations as well as elected public representatives do not hesitate in issuing directions to this department to conduct stability test of the said structure to identify whether the structure is safe or unsafe for human beings but when it comes to filling vacant posts, the department turns a blind eye. We were operating with whoever is remaining since over the last two years there have been retirements and those posts have not been filled” a junior staff at this office told herald.

Another important task this office performs is to grant technical approval for private buildings proposed in the panchayat areas. For this job the junior engineers are supposed to conduct site inspection but since this office does not have any official vehicles, the staffs here are forced to use their personal vehicles for official jobs.

Though the assigned responsibilities are more but with limited resources the staffs at this office are under severe stress. All letters from the senior officers from this office to their higher-ups have remained unanswered. It remains to be seen whether the state PWD would now take a note and address the issue or not only time will tell.
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