Acting on the reports of the municipal corporation's failure in releasing grants to slum dwellers of the city, Punjab State SC Commission chairman Rajesh Bagha, on Saturday, summoned MC officials and directed them to clear all the cases within a month.
Joint commissioner Anupam Kler, assistant commissioner Chaman Lal and SDO Surjit Singh were present on behalf of the MC during Bagha's interaction with the applicants from Kot Ram Dass locality at the local circuit house. Member of the commission Parkash Singh Garhdiwala was also present on the occasion.
"The MC officials have submitted that most of the pending files were incomplete. It is very surprising that the cases were kept pending because of very petty reasons. If some of the papers were required, they should have called the applicant. Now, we have asked the officials to hold a special camp in Kot Ram Dass area at the house of area councillor Sudesh Rani on Wednesday to complete the incomplete files," Bagha said.
Before the commission, Kler submitted that out of a total of 392 cases, 57 cases have been rejected due to technical reasons. "Only 158 people have submitted their papers and their cases are being processed," she said.
BJP councillor Sudesh Rani had, earlier, raised the issue of affected people during zero hour of the house meeting of MC held on January 24. A few days ago, applicants had approached local BJP MLA Manoranjan Kalia to seek his intervention in the matter.
They also presented their submissions on Friday in the office of the commissioner accusing negligence by MC officials in dealing with their cases.