THE UT Administration has decided to constitute new standing committees of the Administrator’s Advisory Council (AAC) for assisting the administrator on policy matters. However, the recommendations and suggestions made by previous committees over the years have not been implemented. The newly constituted council held its first meeting on Monday in which UT Administrator V P Singh Badnore laid stress on making the council more effective by revising the guidelines after taking suggestions from all the members.
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Badnore said, “In order to run the council in a more structured manner, we will have various committees to examine different issues. With a vision to take Chandigarh to the next level, I would want us all to focus on major policy issues.” The council came into being on February 9, 2007, and a total of nine standing committees were constituted for various sectors: education, urban development, environment, health, urban planning, law and order, sports, transport and traffic management.
Over the years, these committees made several suggestions, but were not implemented by the authorities. Suggestions included adopting a proper system of disposal of waste, recycling of construction waste, setting up a power generation plant in Chandigarh and setting up more hostels to deal with the paying guest problem among others.
President of Chandigarh First Forum, P C Sanghi, who has been a member of the council since 2010, laments that the suggestions made by the previous committees were never implemented. “We had taken up the issue with the administration, but in vain,” said Sanghi. He, however, said that Badnore, who took over as UT Administrator in August, appeared to be serious about the council.
Senior advocate M L Sarin, who has also been a member of the council since 2010, maintains that several suggestions were made, but was not sure if any of them was implemented. “The administrator has asked all the members to come prepared with the issues and ideas for the next meeting, which will be held after MC elections,” said Sarin.
The newly constituted council includes MP Kirron Kher; additional solicitor general of India Satya Pal Jain; Mayor Arun Sood; chief architect; PGIMER director; PU vice-chancellor; Panchkula MLA Gian Chand Gupta, presidents of all political parties and chairman of Federation of Sector Welfare Associations.
8th meeting of the council
Since coming into being in 2007, the council has held just eight meetings. As per laid norms, the council has to meet thrice in a year. The previous meeting of the council was held on June 30 in 2014 to discuss the Chandigarh Master Plan 2031. Prior to that, the meeting of the council was held on November 30, 2012. Five meetings were held between March 2009 and March 2013. Not even a single meeting was held in the first term — from February 2, 2007 to February 2, 2009 — of the council.