The municipal corporation has announced the new dates for the three-day training for councillors in Hyderabad from October 7-9. Earlier, the trip was scheduled from September 21 to 23, which was cancelled. Sources said many councillors, including some from the BJP, were not willing to take part in the training.
The civic body continues to struggle to convince the councillors to take part in the training.
Though efforts were being made to convince all the councillors take part in the training, only eight had agreed till now. All the Congress councillors have decided to skip the trip.
Most of the councillors said with only three months left for the municipal elections, this was not the time to go for training. The code of conduct for the elections would be in force in November.
A BJP councillor said: “The training is in October, while the code of conduct for the municipal elections will be in force in November. This is not the time to go for such training, when the code of conduct would be in force the next month. Everybody has to prepare for the elections. Let the new councillors who would be elected take the training.”
Stating that it was mandatory, the councillors have been requested to join the three-day training programme under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme to be held in Hyderabad.
The training programme was meant to enhance the functional knowledge and improve job skills of the elected representatives and the employees.
In July, since 20 of the 26 elected councillors were reluctant to join the trip, the municipal corporation had cancelled the nine-day study tour to Mysuru, Hyderabad and Bengaluru from July 31 to August 8.
Earlier, BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi had posted on the Facebook seeking suggestions from the residents on whether he should join the tour or not. The residents replied by terming the study tour as a wastage of public money.
Following that, many councillors changed their minds and refused to go on study tours.