The general house meeting of a Municipal Corporation,considered to be the most important,not only gives a chance to councillors to raise issues of their areas but also makes the MC commissioner and Mayor answerable as to why works have not been completed on time. As per rules,the general house should meet at least once a month to present an overall report on citys development and give a chance to the opposition to raise their queries in front of the ruling party. However,the story is totally different when it comes to the Ludhiana MC,which will hold its second general house meeting in more than a year. Since the SAD-BJP came to power after MC polls in June 2012,the house has met just once for a general meeting on March 12. The only other time the MC house met was on March 16 for a budget meeting in which an interim budget of Rs 630 crore was passed.
The opposition Congress,which held various protests against SAD-BJP and Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria for not calling a house meeting,on Monday ended their protest and began preparations to question the ruling alliance on various issues.
Congress spokesperson Parminder Mehta told Ludhiana Newsline,MC polls were held in June 2012 and since then at least the house should have met 10 times. It is only after our dharnas and pressure that the mayor has at last called a meeting for August 2.
On the Congress list of issues to be raised at the meeting figure prominently the formation of F&CC committee and development issues. The MC has failed to elect two councillor members to the F&CC committee. The committee,considered to be the most powerful for passing projects,has been running without two councillors because both the Congress and SAD-BJP have failed to reach a unanimous decision.
We will be asking the Mayor to explain why the house meeting was delayed and why regular meetings are not held. We will also ask why the councillors quota of Rs 50 lakh for inner wards and Rs 1 crore for outer wards has been passed so late,and why committees and sub-committees are not formed till now, added Mehta.
When contacted,Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said,We always want regular meetings but the fact is there was no agenda. Now when the meeting has been called,I hope all will come up with a proper agenda. F&CC committee members will be elected soon. The work of the opposition is to raise questions but we are ready with all the answers.