Standing panel adjourns meet without discussion, says PMC administration not co-operating
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Taking on the civic administration for not co-operating with elected representatives, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) standing committee on Tuesday adjourned its scheduled meeting without discusssion on any proposal mentioned in the agenda.
"The corporators unanimously expressed dissatisfaction over the way the administration was treating them and decided to adjourn the meeting to protest against civic administration's non-cooperation," said Baburao Chandere, chairperson of the standing committee.
He said the municipal commissioner was not taking officebearers into confidence while transferring staff. "The corporators should be consulted before transfer of officers are made in the civic body," said Chandere.
Though transfer of staff is an administrative duty, there is no harm in seeking suggestions from the corporators, he said.
BJP corporator Srinath Bhimale alleged that the administration is not carrying out its responsibilities and the municipal chief has been protecting officers who are showing ."The administration is not taking us into confidence while taking decisions. Not a single project has been approved by the committee owing to lackluster approach of the administration," he added.
Shiv Sena corporator Sanjay Bhosale said that only three officers were present in the committee meeting, which showed their attitude towards corporators.
MNS urges municipal chief to form area sabha
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), the opposition party in the PMC, on Tuesday urged the municipal commissioner to form "area sabha" on the lines of gram sabha, in the civic body as per the provisions of Bombay Provincial Municipal Corporations Act. "The state government, after an amendment in 2009, had introduced the provision of area sabha in civic bodies wherein a body of locals would be appointed to discuss the issues of the respective areas," said Anil Shidore, general secretary of MNS.
He said the PMC commissioner informed them that the new amendment has not been implemented so far. "The MNS has demanded that the civic body declare jurisdiction of each area sabha in 15 days and appoint citizens to hold regular meetings," Shidore said, adding that the provision empowers citizens to have a say in civic matters. He said if the PMC fails to do so, MNS would launch an agitation against the administration and urge the Governor to initiate action against them.
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