Amid model code, MCD clears 130 proposals
With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) eager to retain power in the civic body polls, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) in its last House meeting on Friday passed 130-odd proposals related to development work to be carried out in the city, much to the annoyance of the opposition Congress.
Ajit Singh Chaudhary, the councillor who led the Congress leaders, said with the election date declared and code of conduct implemented, it implies that the MCD cannot pass new proposals that may sway the public to voting for BJP.
The proposals are being seen as a wooing tactic by Congress leaders. Some of the proposals include recommendations to change the recruitment procedure of officials, building of new school rooms and naming/renaming of streets.
The MCD has also cleared a proposal to release pension to senior citizens and physically challenged people, which has been pending for the past six months. In her defence, Mayor Rajni Abbi said MCD was only fulfilling its obligatory functions. “As this (releasing pension) is the obligatory function of the corporation, it does not benefit a particular party and the same is to be released not by councillors, but by sanitary inspectors. This does not come under the ambit of model code of conduct," she said.
Leader of the House Subhash Arya said all the matters have been referred to MCD commissioner KS Mehra who can drop proposals, which violate the code of conduct.
“It was our duty to pass the proposals. If the commissioner thinks that some of them are in violation of the code of conduct, he can cancel or defer them," he said. Mehta said he had received the complaint and would take appropriate action after going through the proposals.