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At MC, CHANDIGARH Wednesdays to be no-vehicle day Commissioner asks employees to pedal to work

March 06, 2018 05:37 AM

COURSTEY THE TRIBUNE MARCH 6
At MC, Wednesdays to be no-vehicle day
Commissioner asks employees to pedal to work
Ramkrishan Upadhyay

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5

City MC Commissioner Jitender Yadav today passed an order that all employees, including officers of the MC, shall come to the office by cycle every Wednesday.
The Commissioner today called a meeting of all HoDs of different branches of the MC, including engineering, sanitation and enforcement, in the conference hall and conveyed the direction regarding the use of cycles every Wednesday. The order is mandatory for all employees, including women. There are nearly 4,000 employees in the civic body.
He said only persons with genuine excuse would be spared on medical grounds. Employees coming from the outskirts of Chandigarh could come using the public transport, he said. Yadav said the decision had been taken to promote cycling, which would help the employees in keeping fit. This would result in better efficiency, he said. He directed all HoDs to ensure proper compliance of the order and submit a report about it.
Some feel it should be made optional
While a majority of the employees have supported the decision, there are some who believe that sufficient time should have been given before issuing the order. They said it should not be made mandatory. One of the employees said arranging cycles at a short notice would not be easy. Some employees are not comfortable cycling and feel they require training before peddling on roads. Women employees are also worried over the order. A woman employee said she did not know how to use a cycle.
Mayor, employees give thumbs up
Mayor Davesh Moudgil, councillors and employees of the corporation have supported the Commissioner’s move. Moudgil said he was the first councillor to raise the demand for the use of cycles at a House meeting in 2015. He said after that he pedalled to the MC office many times. Moudgil urged the councillors and the staff to follow the direction. Gurbax Rawat, Congress councillor, said the decision was in the right direction, which would make the city green and clean. Arun Sood, former Mayor, said while the move was good, instead of making it mandatory, officials should motivate users by offering them incentives. Ajit Singh, president of the MC Employees’ Union, also welcomed the move.
Fitness on mind

MC Commissioner Jitender Yadav said the decision had been taken to promote cycling, which would help the employees in keeping fit. This would result in better efficiency, he said.

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