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Dikshit asks MCD to clear the air on RWC’s ‘political leanings’

Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit has asked the MCD to clarify whether the resident ward committee (RWC) has any political leanings. HT reports.

delhi Updated: May 13, 2011 01:03 IST
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Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit has asked the MCD to clarify whether the resident ward committee (RWC) has any political leanings.

A section of resident welfare associations (RWAs) in the city have raised objections against the formation of the RWC. The objection came in a meeting of the RWC held on Monday.

The much-hyped Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) scheme to form ward-level committees for consultation on local-level development has faced objections from a section of resident welfare committees, which approached the chief minister to stop its operation.

According to Delhi government officials, the chief minister has written a letter to the MCD, asking for a clarification. “The chief minister had received a lot of complaints from RWAs against the committee. She has asked the MCD commissioner to look into the matter and find out if the the RWC has any political leanings,” said a senior Delhi government official.

RWAs under the banner of ‘Delhi Residents Welfare Associations’ Joint Front’ have written a letter to Dikshit, claiming that the project is aimed at benefitting the BJP in next year’s civic polls.

On March 10, the civic agency had announced a scheme to constitute residents ward committees (RWCs) and said it will boost public participation in civic decision-making.

According to the plan, RWCs will comprise a representative from each registered residents welfare association within a municipal ward, apart from the area junior engineer (works), sanitary inspector and section officer (horticulture). The councillors will chair the committees.

The Joint Front has alleged that for the scheme, the MCD is taking the help of an RWA federation named United Residents’ Joint Action (URJA), “whose President Sanjay Kaul joined the BJP before the Assembly elections in 2008”.

“The intention and timing of the scheme don’t appear to be noble,” the RWA has written in the letter. It further stated that the ruling BJP in MCD may “use the RWCs to benefit itself” in the 2012 civic elections.

The letter has requested the Delhi government to issue directions to withhold the implementation of the scheme. Joint Front office-bearers claimed that the chief minister has written to the MCD on the issue but the civic body’s deliberative wing denied having received any such directions from the government.

Asked whether the RWC scheme was brought keeping in mind the MCD polls in 2012, leader of MCD House Subhash Arya dismissed the suggestion.“This is absurd. We have not favoured any RWA. Everything was done in a transparent manner,” said Arya.