FEW DAYS after the study tour to Mysuru, Hyderabad and Bengaluru between July 31 and August 8 was cancelled, the Municipal Corporation has now cancelled a three-day training programme of councillors which was to be held in Hyderabad under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme.
Only eight councillors gave their consent for the trip that was being planned from September 21 to 23. In the recent House meeting, the councillors had expressed willingness to even go abroad to see the plastic-to-fuel plant.
All the councillors were urged to go for training stating that it was mandatory. However, the majority of them, including BJP councillors, were not willing to join the trip.
Most of the councillors stated that this was not the time to go for training and let the new members take the training course as the MC elections were just three months away. The code of conduct will be in force in November.
The training programme was meant to enhance the functional knowledge and improve job skills of the elected representatives and the employees. In July, as 20 of 26 elected councillors expressed their reluctance to join the trip, the city municipal corporation had cancelled the nine-day study tour to Mysuru, Hyderabad and Bengaluru from July 31 to August 8.
The development followed a BJP councillor’s post on the Facebook seeking comments of people whether he should join the tour or not. The response of city residents had changed the mind of the councillors willing to go. The residents had termed the study tour a wastage of public money.