“It takes a strong person to swim against the current; any dead fish will float with it”. This phrase is very similar to what our new Corporation commissioner is upto these days. Priyanka Mary Francis is young, dynamic and that is visible from her body language alone. She is not one of those IAS officers who will flow with the currents but a lady of vigor who wants to get the work done in the manner it needs to be accomplished.
The lazy bums in the corporation now are having sleepless nights and tiresome working hours as she has tried to put in some discipline in the working.
It is said that earnestness has only got her to Belgaum after 8 months from Chikkodi. But the hurdles she would face here which is amongst the most indisciplined offices in the state will not be an easy task.
Each department has been alloted time slots in which they have to get the official documents for her signature. She calls officers any time of the day if not found in office and then suddenly arrives at the spot mentioned, if the officer is there at the spot he is saved else it would be a very bad day for him/her.
She has also thought of a Facebook page for the corporation and she would implement the same soon. Janspandan program where the locals can lodge their grievances would be started from June 30 at Kalamandir and Kumar Gandharv Rang mandir ward wise.
But in a country where one officer performs selflessly for the development the road for Priyanka will not be a bed of roses but rather it will have some BIG thorns. If you see her work style in Chikkodi she was transferred in 8 months, hope we can see her work for a longer tenure and also see some solid developments in the city and also in the working style.
The changes made by her in the corporation are note worthy but challenges infornt of her are big as the Himalayas. Political pressure is a major hindrance for any officer in a city like Belgaum but we all should wish the young lady Good luck.