The Chandigarh municipal (MC) has again constituted 14 sub-committees for city’s development this year even as the past record of these panels have been dismal.
Most of the sub-committees constituted last year didn’t even met once, and those who met were ignored while chalking out plans for the city’s development as their approved agendas were never executed. The committees having nine councillors each have a financial power of Rs 15 lakh. Each member of the sub-committee gets Rs 500 honorarium for attending a meeting.
Members of the committees said they couldn’t convene the meeting due to MC officials’ non-cooperation. Of the sub-14 committees, three committees never met last year even as the meetings are to be held every month. The members also alleged that there was no use of holding meetings as the agenda approved by the members were never executed.
COMMITTEES WITH ZERO ATTENDANCE
Slum colony and village development committee
House tax committee
Primary education committee
Enforcement committee only held one meeting
Former chairman of the slum colony and village development committee Desh Raj Gupta said: “There is no use of holding meetings as most of the agendas approved are never executed. It is a wastage of time.”
While most of the committees have financial power of Rs 15 lakh, the road committee and water supply and sewage disposal committees can approve works up to Rs 25 lakh.
Members don’t take interest
Though there are nine members in each committee only five to six members attend the meetings. The members also get an honorarium of Rs 500 for attending the meeting. Former mayor Subhash Chawla blamed the councillors for not showing interest. He said: In the past two years, we have seen councillors do not show any interest in attending the meetings.”
Role of sub-committees
The working of the municipal corporation is based on the committee system under which various sub-committees dealing with specified subjects are formed and even the panels have been delegated financial and other powers to carry out the work. In cases involving financial implications beyond a certain limit and those involving policy decisions, the matter is finally referred to the general body meeting of the MC.