WORRIED OVER increasing financial losses due to the decisions of elected representatives of the local bodies, the Urban Administration and Development Department of the State Government has told all the urban bodies, including the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC), to inform the government about all ‘unlawful’ proposals approved by the mayor-in-council or the general council.
Such proposals included those against the interest of the common citizens or the local body. The BMC general council had recently returned the proposal to increase the water tax hike, which is necessary for the implementation of several developmental projects.
The State Government could take decisions on such proposals, as the letter stated that the government verdict would be final on such proposals.
The letter was written after the complaints that the urban bodies, including the municipal corporations, municipalities and nagar panchayats, are not approving proposals in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Corporations Act.
In the letter, Urban Administration and Development Secretary Sewaram told the municipal commissioners; chief municipal officers and the chief executive officers that they are not following the rules as per certain sections of mayor-in-council/ president-in-council business conduct rules. Under section 12 of these rules, the municipal commissioners, CMOs and the CEOs have powers to review such proposals.
The department warned that strict disciplinary action would be taken against the municipal commissioners or the CEOs in case they fail to act as per these rules. The Secretary also pointed that such irregularities are being found in the municipalities being headed by the in charge CEOs.