UT admn’s advisory council has not met in 18 months

  • Vinod Kumar, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 15, 2014 01:05 IST

The administrator’s advisory council (ACC), responsible for advising UT administration on development issues and policy matters affecting the city, has not had a single meeting in the past one-and-a-half years.

The last meeting of the council, which so far has failed to serve the purpose for which it was formed, was held on November 30, 2012. Only six such meetings have been conducted since it came into force three years ago.

The casual attitude of the administration towards the council can also be gauged from the fact that it took seven months to reconstitute the council after its term ended in March 31, 2013. The council was reconstituted in November last year for a period of two years.

According to rules, the UT administrator nominates members of the council from different strata of society. The total number of members of the council cannot exceed 60.

The newly constituted council comprises a total of 34 members, including local Member of Parliament Pawan Kumar Bansal, local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) head Sanjay Tandon, BJP leader Satya Pal Jain, Congress leader BB Bahl, Federation of Sector Welfare Associations Chandigarh (FOSWAC) chairman PC Sanghi and Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) president Charanjiv Singh.

The last council had 42 members.

Council members have been demanding proper follow-ups on suggestions and recommendations made during the meeting. Moreover, the nine standing committees constituted for the various sectors, including education, urban development, environment, health, urban planning, law and order, sports, transport and traffic management have failed to make suggestions in their respective areas.

The CBM president, who is also member of the council, said that the administration first delayed the reconstitution of the council and now had not convened even one meeting since its reconstitution.

“There are many issues pertaining to general public and traders that have piled up over the past year. The administration should hold the meeting at the earliest,” he said, while FOSWAC chairman Sanghi added that holding meetings irregularly served no purpose.

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