CM not an NDMC member yet, misses meeting

All expenditure of over and above Rs 1 lakh will be uploaded on the NDMC website.

New Delhi | Published: January 11, 2014 3:05 am

As the file notifying him as a New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) member remained stuck with his own government, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal gave the council meeting a miss on Friday.

The file has been moved to the Lieutenant Governor for approval on Friday after which it will be sent to the Union Home Ministry for approval.

The NDMC chairman Jalaj Srivastava said though he is yet to receive the notification, he has written to the chief minister welcoming him to the NDMC.

The MP from New Delhi constituency and Congress general secretary Ajay Makan took oath as a member of the NDMC on Friday.
According to the NDMC Act, the MP from the constituency and MLAs from New Delhi and Delhi Cantonment Assembly constituencies automatically  become members of the council.

Sources said the council will meet on January 16 and on January 29 to clear pending projects in presence of the chief minister. Kejriwal is likely to take oath as a member on January 16.

The council cleared proposals related to purchase of land worth Rs 14 crore in Khan Market from Land and Development office.

With Kejriwal now a member of the NDMC, the council has approved a proposal for more transparency in financial transactions.

All expenditure of over and above Rs 1 lakh will be uploaded on the NDMC website.

The move, according to the officials, has come after the chief minister launched an anti-corruption hotline on Thursday.
But NDMC officials said this was not an attempt to impress the chief minister. Srivastava said after he took over as chairman in August last year, the NDMC had signed an integrity pact with the Transparency International, an international organisation monitoring corruption.

“We have just received a letter from the Chief Vigilance Commissioner that they have appointed two officials who will go through all files pertaining to transactions of Rs 50 lakh or more. This is a preventive step,” Srivastava said.

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