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2 hours spent singing paeans of outgoing commissioner at the monthly Chandigarh MC House meet

MC Commissioner B Purushartha has been appointed personal secretary to minister of state (independent charge) for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri.

punjab Updated: Sep 30, 2017 12:30 IST
Hillary Victor 
Hillary Victor 
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Mayor Asha Jaswal congratulating MC commissioner B Purushartha for his transfer, during the monthly House meeting at MC building in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)

Having come together to discuss and approve matters concerning the city’s welfare, municipal corporation (MC) councillors instead spent a considerable part of the monthly House meeting on Friday extolling MC Commissioner B Purushartha for being appointed personal secretary to minister of state (independent charge) for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri.

Notwithstanding the meeting costing Rs 1.5 lakh, the 35 councillors took a good two hours, almost three to five minutes each, singing praises of Purushartha, only realising around 5.30pm that they are also supposed to take up agenda.

Before that, they shared jokes, passed remarks at each other, cheered over tea, and shared a meal.

To begin with, the meeting started 15 minutes late at 11.15am. Then, for 90 minutes, the councillors lauded the commissioner for his new posting, before they took a tea break at 12.45pm.On resumption of the meeting, the councillors instead of discussing agenda, shared complaints of their wards till they broke for lunch at 2:30pm.

After returning at 4pm, they brought up questions in the Zero Hour that went on till 5:30pm, when the councillors finally decided to discuss agenda.

It all started when Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla presented a bouquet to the commissioner and wished him luck for his new posting, prompting every councillor to sharing his or her bit of praise for the commissioner.

BJP councillor Arun Sood even played a prank by bringing a fake cancellation of order letter, which turned out be a congratulatory message. After the councillors finished, the commissioner thanked each councillor by naming them and describing their role in the MC.

Each House meeting costs the civic body around Rs 1.5 lakh, including Rs 80,000 spent on lunch. Other expenses include arranging stationery, preparing booklets and paying the record keepers. Besides, each councillor gets an honorarium of Rs 14,000 per month for attending the meeting.

First Published: Sep 30, 2017 12:28 IST