They may not know how to operate computers, but that has not deterred councillors from demanding the latest model of laptops. In the unified MCD, the councillors were given laptops in 2007, but most of them did not use the gadget, citing computer illiteracy.
On Tuesday, however, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) passed a proposal to purchase ‘the latest model’ laptops for its 104 councillors. The old ones will be discarded.
Subhash Arya, leader of the SDMC House, said councillors need laptops for their day-to-day functioning. Besides, new mobile phones and SIM cards are essential, he said. “The 2007 laptops are old and cannot be used anymore. New laptops will be purchased and distributed,” he said.
This time, the councillors also want a printer, so they are able to provide better services to citizens. The budget for the purchases will be calculated soon and workshops on how to use the computers will be organised for councillors.
In 2007, the unified MCD had spent R1.63 crore to purchase laptops for its 272 councillors, but during the past five years most of them did not use the gadget, citing computer illiteracy. Instead, they demanded operators to operate the machines. Last year, the MCD had organised computer workshops for its councillors, but very few turned up.
In its meeting on Tuesday, the SDMC passed a proposal to divide its existing four zones into six smaller zones for better management. The four zones are south, central, Najafgarh and West. According to BJP councillors, the zones are too big and need to be broken into smaller units.
“People have to travel very far to the zonal offices to avail the facilities. Since the MCD was divided to offer better services to citizens, we might do a similar thing,” said Arya.
The intricacies of the division are yet to be decided, but Arya said work will be initiated soon after the House approves the proposal.