Chandigarh, September 5
Refusing to present ascent to the Municipal Company’s much-criticised research tour of Goa and Mumbai, the UT Administration has requested the civic physique to elucidate as to why the journey is required and sought an in depth proposal of the plan.
Research journey Was slated from Sept 9-15
- The MC Home after approving the tour final month had sought consent from councillors within the tour
- 11 of ruling BJP, two of Congress & lone SAD councillor had given consent, whereas AAP councillors selected to remain away, say sources
- The councillors have been slated to go to waste administration plant in Goa and the Mumbai MC from Sept 9 to fifteen
Will ship report
We are going to ship an in depth proposal to the administration and plan the go to someday sooner or later. The tour is on maintain for now. — Sarbjit Kaur, MC Mayor
Misuse of funds
It’s misuse of cash. Councillors aren’t any specialists. Solely officers involved ought to undertake such excursions. — RK Garg, President, Second Innings Affiliation
Consequently, the civic physique has placed on maintain its scheduled tour of the Municipal Waste Administration Plant in Goa and the Mumbai Municipal Company slated to happen from September 9 to fifteen.
“The administration has not accredited our request and sought an in depth report on the tour. We are going to now ship one other proposal. Accordingly, we’ll repair new dates,” mentioned an official.
After the tour was accredited by the MC Home throughout its assembly final month, the civic physique had sought consent from councillors within the tour.
As per info, 11 councillors of the ruling BJP, two of the Congress and lone SAD councillor had given consent. Whereas AAP councillors, who selected to not vote in favour of the agenda on the Home assembly, didn’t ship their consent.
Mayor Sarbjit Kaur mentioned: “We are going to ship an in depth proposal to the administration and plan the go to someday sooner or later. The tour is on maintain for now.”
“This tour is vital for councillors to know new initiatives and implement these within the metropolis. Such visits involving councillors of various political events additionally improve coordination in getting folks’s work performed,” she added.
The research excursions by councillors have come underneath heavy criticism from folks within the metropolis. “It’s misuse of taxpayer’s cash. Councillors aren’t any specialists. Solely officers involved ought to undertake such excursions. I’ve been elevating this problem with the highest authorities. The administration’s transfer to not grant nod to the tour is a welcome step,” mentioned RK Garg, president, Second Innings Affiliation.
Nevertheless, former Mayor and Congress metropolis unit ex-president Subhash Chawla in a press assertion favoured research excursions. “The federal government has put aside Rs 50 lakh for the aim. Such research visits are crucial as councillors get to be taught so much. The officers ought to desk a report about how fruitful these excursions have been.”
The civic physique had earlier mounted an estimated price of Rs 14.72 lakh for the Goa tour for all 35 councillors. Later, Mumbai was added to the itinerary.