The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) in Maharashtra has started a project to upgrade skills of its employees and for better planning and execution of civic works and services. Additional commissioner Prakash Kadam said the civic body has prepared a detailed report for the plan which is mandatory under the JNNURM. The report was sent to the state government and later forwarded to the Union government which has approved it. The PCMC will spend Rs 5 crore on the project to be implemented in two phases.
As part of the project, civic employees will be directed to conduct case studies. The courses will be held at Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development (Yashada), Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad; All India Local Self Government Bodies and other reputed organizations in the country.
“All employees will get an opportunity to get training and upgrade their skills. Last month we conducted a workshop for conservancy staff who were taught the importance of personal cleanliness, healthy lifestyle, and shunning bad habits. We also held a workshop for deputy and junior engineers about the unauthorized constructions to create awareness about them and the reasons for which they need to be prevented for a planned development of the city. RTI sessions were also held,” Kadam said. He added that training will be imparted for use of information and technology tools, and e-governance. A separate cell has been started for the training project.