Wednesday, 19 January, 2022

DNCC suffering for manpower crisis

71pc posts lying vacant

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) is struggling to provide basic services to the city dwellers due to a lack of manpower at different departments and ward offices.

DNCC official data show that the city corporation is now operating with 29 per cent of employees as the posts of 71 per cent of staff have remained vacant for a long time.

There are only 756 officers and staff against 2,569 approved posts in 165 categories at DNCC. There is a shortage of 1,813 employees. Even no official has been assigned to 49 categories of services.

Talking to the Daily Sun, DNCC Chief Executive Officer Selim Reza admitted that they were hugely understaffed.

“We have already started the recruitment process. We have already appointed around 200 employees while the process is underway to appoint in rest of the posts as soon as possible,” he said. 

Data signed by DNCC Secretary Mohammed Masud Alam Siddique also show that important posts like the deputy chief and chief account officers, additional chief engineer, and additional chief waste management officer are also vacant.

Due to lack of manpower, Superintending Engineer (Mechanical) Abul Hasnat Md Ashraful Alam is working as the chief accountant officer at DNCC.

The posts for eight food and sanitation officers, senior pest control officer, public health officer and the public health analyst, surveyor and architect remain vacant for years.

Wishing anonymity, a top official of DNCC said the slum development department of DNCC is running only with a staff and an officer.

DNCC councillors said there is no ward secretary in most of the wards and the delivery of civic services including issuing certificates, mosquito control activities and other clerical jobs are being disrupted.

DNCC officials said that there are only 14 secretaries for 54 wards.

DNCC ward 47 councillor Motaleb Mia said, “DNCC is yet to appoint any ward secretary for my ward. My personal secretary is carrying out the job of the secretary.”

DNCC officials said most of the officials are holding multiple posts which are causing delays in delivering services.

Sources at DNCC said that the revenue department has been the worst hit by the manpower crisis and as a result, they cannot conduct an assessment of tax in the newly added wards.

There are only four revenue supervisors in the place of 120, five licenses and advertising supervisors against the requirement of 40 while the 20 posts of rent assistants are also lying vacant.

Afzal Hossain, a resident of Uttara under ward 52 of DNCC, said he was trying to submit holding tax to the DNCC but failed.   “I contacted DNCC revenue department several times for paying my holding tax. But the revenue department informed me that they are yet to assess the tax files of this area.”

Contacted, DNCC chief revenue officer Abdul Hamid Mia said they were yet to assess the tax of newly added 18 wards of DNCC due to manpower crisis.