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Social development of city not on list

india Updated: May 23, 2011 01:29 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi
Vimal Chander Joshi
Hindustan Times
Vimal Chander Joshi

Though the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) is soon to get its first mayor, people of Gurgaon may not find their representatives living up to their pre-poll promises due to ignorance about their own duties. The corporation has done little to change the face of Gurgaon in terms of propagating education and culture or in safeguarding the interest of the weaker section of society. Now, the onus is on the elected representatives to assign these duties to the three-year-old corporation.

But it is unfortunate that most of the councillors HT has spoken to are unaware of these duties. Ask any councillor about them, chances are that you will hear a cliché: “I will ensure that the roads are repaired, people get water supply and sewage are maintained.”

Every one talks about civic issues but few broached bigger problems such as removal of urban poverty, promotion of education and upliftment of weaker section of society.

However, all of them are powers and duties entailed in the constitution of India and the Haryana Municipal Corporation Act 1994. As per the sub-sections 9, 10, 11, and 13 of section 42 of the act, the government (elected councillors) can assign the corporation with these tasks.

As we know, the corporation has brazenly failed to discharge these duties so far. According to an RTI reply, MCG had admitted on January 6 that it runs only one school for a population of 15.14 lakh (2011 census) in the name of promoting education, whereas it runs no hospital or night shelter.