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Normal ambient around the corporation schools in Malegaon

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Such things happen only in Malegaon-Denied the wages, teachers are forced to work in powerloom factories during the night: The life has become a hell for more than 1000 families here in Malegaon as the local civic body is persistently failing in paying its share of the...Read Full

Malegaon: Established in 1863 Malegaon Municipal Council till a decade ago was regarded as one of the richest Council in Maharashtra. It was so prosperous that when Nashik and Malegaon both were Municipal Councils, it used to lend Nashik Municipal Council the funds needed for the monthly payments.


But today despite local taxes becoming many folds and excruciating for the already overburdened people, Malegaon Corporation, thanks to rampant corruption and mismanagement, is on the verge of bankruptcy. While the house tax in Malegaon is reportedly more than the other D class corporations, the Octroi rates are undeniably the largest in India. And what the Malegaonians are getting in return is almost zilch.


Gone were the days when the representatives and the officials at the Local Body were caring and eager to work for the people. “The roads, the sanitation and the health problems have become a routine torment for the Malegaonians and appropriate drainage system still looming at large”, says Ghulam Rasool, a powerloom owner before adding. “What can be more miserable for the Malegaonians than the fact that the lack of public toilets and the dismal conditions of the existing toilets are forcing women to wait for the dark nights so as to use open grounds as lavatories?”


More ironic for the corporation, most of the projects that the civic body has undertaken in last few years are lying incomplete. "The construction work for Allama Iqbal bridge, the auditorium at Bunkar Bazaar and the old-agra road are pending since last more than a year. The cost of these projects because of the incompletion has become manifold. Yet the administration is not taking concrete step to complete these projects", says Khurshid Ansari of Citizens for Development & Peace (CDP).


Ansari further informs that T. C. Benjamin, then Chief Secretary in the Urban Development Department, Government of Maharashtra had directed to the corporation in March 2008 to blacklist the contractors who fail to complete the projects in time. "However what action the local officials had taken over his directives is not clear till now", he says.


Schools That Resemble Toilets

Despite the Government stressing much on Quality Education, Malegaonians are lagging even on this front. “The existence of more than 70% of the Corporation Schools being near to the public toilets is enough to explain the local administration’s definition of Quality-Education”, a teacher remarks on the condition of anonymity. “What’s more, the Schools and its surroundings themselves give such a pathetic look that they can be easily mistaken as toilets”, he adds.


Moreover the Municipal Schools shown in the Town-Plan are disproportionate with the population and the Corporation is not taking any care for the safety of these lands. In some cases the landowners themselves sold them out because the Corporation has made no payments to them.


Against this backdrop, the Malegaonians are justified, it seems, in assuming that they are regarded as residents of an A-class city when it comes to taxes and levies but are treated as a third grade citizen when it comes to deliver the basic amenities.


Till recently, the communally sensitive image of the city always came to the rescue of the non-performing administration and on the debris of the riots they succeeded in hiding their inefficiencies. But the lasting peace after the 2006 and 2008 blasts not only helped the city in changing its image but also helped in highlighting the real issues facing the Malegaonians.


“By remaining peaceful after two deadly terrorist attacks, the city successfully tried in changing its image. But the corrupt administration and inept attitude of the State Government still remain the same”, says Mujahid Ansari, a weaver referring to the reported admission by the Planning Commission vis-à-vis the attitude of the State Government towards Malegaon.


Interestingly when the Central Government on the basis of few reports submitted to it after the 2006 blasts realized that the problem with Malegaon is not communal but economic and it is the decades of negligence by various Governments that is actually putting the Malegaonians on edge, tried to push certain reforms in the city on track. However with the inefficient and corrupt local administration and step motherly attitude of the State Governments towards the town, for the Malegaonians, hunuz dilli door ast.





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Malegaon has very complicated issues. Needs whole-hearted efforts from all.

S Chokalingham (IAS)

Former Collector Dist Nashik

now Additional Commissioner, Sales Tax (Maharashtra)


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