Govt plans monumental reduction of park staff

Park

Cost cutting? From present strength of 5,600 to 600

Despite the frequent complaints from the BSP over alleged poor maintenance of memorials and parks in Lucknow and Noida, which were constructed by the previous Mayawati government, the SP government is going to drastically cut down the maintenance staff at these monumental structures.

At present, around 5,600 employees, including 3,000 safai workers, are deployed for the maintenance of the memorials. Sources said, the government has planned to reduce the number to around 600. "The excess staff would be moved to departments where there is a shortage of manpower," they said.

An official said the government had, in 2010, created 6,835 posts in 90 different categories for deployment at the memorials and parks, including Bhimrao Samajik Parivartan Sthal, Bhimrao Samajik Parivartan Prateek Sthal, Ambedkar Vihar, Ambedkar Gomti Vihar Khand-1 and 2, Kanshiram Green (Eco) Garden, Kanshiram Smarak Sthal, Buddha Vihar Shanti Upwan, Ramabai Rally Sthal (all in Lucknow), Dalit Prerna Sthal in Noida, Ambedkar Park and Gautam Buddha Park in Badalpur in Greater Noida, which is the native village of Mayawati.

Recruitment of the staff was completed in 2011, and 5,788 people were recruited. Some of them later left and currently the strength of the force stood at 5,634. Their probation period is completing on February 28. These employees work under a high-level committee meant to supervise management, security and maintenance of memorial, museums, institutions, parks and gardens.

Sources said the annual expenditure on the salaries of these employees is around Rs 76 crore which is paid through Housing and Urban Planning Department. Officials said after retaining around 600 employees at the memorials, the remaining posts will be abolished from February 28.

The Akhilesh Yadav government had received complaints that there was excess staff in these memorials and parks and many of them had no work to do. In July 2012, the government constituted a committee under the Lucknow District Magistrate to rationalise the staff. The committee had to submit its report within a week but failed to meet the deadline. When asked Lucknow District Magistrate Anurag Yadav said, "The report is in process and would be submitted this weekend."

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