The municipal corporation plans to formulate its own rules for constitution of sub-committees. A decision to this effect was taken in the general house meeting of the MC on Thursday.
Once the rules are notified, the civic body would be able to constitute committees on its own instead of seeking approval from the UT Administrator every year.
The issue came up for discussion after the agenda for reconstitution of committees for 2014 was presented. In the past, all MC sub-committees were constituted by the Mayor who was delegated the authority by the MC House.
However, two years ago objections were raised by BJP councillor Arun Sood. It was stated that the MC could constitute only three of the 12 committees on its own as permitted by the Municipal Act.
These included the Roads committee, Water Supply and Sewerage Disposal committee and the House Tax committee.
For the remaining nine committees approval was required from the Administrator each year. In 2012, the approval came almost five months after the list was sent to the Administration.
Due to this, while three committees were constituted by January, members for the others were appointed in May.
In the last three years, the Administration has not accorded approval for constitution of the primary health and primary education committees.
Councillor Harjinder Kaur said on Thursday the MC should constitute committees for the two departments, which should be sent to the Administration for approval along with the three other committees.
Councillor Subhash Chawla said committees for primary education and primary health should be constituted at the earliest. Municipal Commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh, suggested that a code similar to the Punjab Municipal Code could be adopted.
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