Officials of PCMC receive show cause notices for engaging in gambling during working hours.

Assistant Municipal Commissioner Anna Bodade of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has taken a decisive step by issuing show cause notices to four civic employees found engaging in gambling during official work hours. The stern warning includes a strict ultimatum: provide a satisfactory explanation or face legal consequences under the Municipal Corporation Act. The incident, initially reported by Pune Mirror, occurred near the zero-waste office project behind the C Regional office on Tuesday.

Upon discovering the situation through the news report, the assistant municipal commissioner promptly initiated action. The spacious office behind the area office, equipped with furniture and amenities, served as the venue for the illicit gambling activities. The four individuals involved, identified as Sachin Kawade, Suresh Mane, Tanaji Padle, and Lala Gade, all belonging to Class IV and working in different departments, were found playing cards during their designated work hours. A formal complaint has been lodged with the commissioner’s office.

Social activist Amit Mohite has called for stringent action against the civic employees, emphasizing the importance of upholding government work commitments during office hours. Bodade’s notice underscores the seriousness of the matter, stating that engaging in activities like gambling during work hours is not only a neglect of duty but also reflects irresponsible behavior that could damage the civic body’s public image.

The implicated employees have been given 24 hours to provide a written explanation justifying why penal action should not be taken against them. Failure to submit the required disclosure within the stipulated time will result in the initiation of strict actions under the Municipal Act. The swift and comprehensive response from the concerned employees is crucial to addressing the allegations against them.

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