All India Council of Mayors (AICM), which held its annual session in Dehradun on Monday, underlined the need for uniform system for the election of mayors across the nation, besides their uniform tenure. AICM also wants creation of a separate cadre for Indian Urban Services (IUS) under All India Services.
Meanwhile, the AICM also got unanimously elected Vinod Chamoli, the mayor of Dehradun Municipal Corporation, as its new chairman.
The demand for the creation of a separate cadre for IUS is significant in view of the centre’s plan to set up 100 smart cities in the country. “We want adequate financial and administrative powers for the local bodies. Growing urbanization is a big challenge and thus, there must be proper co-ordination among the centre, state governments and local bodies for the development of cities,” said the outgoing chairman of AICM Anil Sole, who is mayor of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (Maharashtra). He also added that the AICM discussed suggestions for the new centre’s new scheme which would replace JNURM. He appreciated the Gujarat Government for strengthening the local bodies.
The AICM also discussed the problems which Municipal Corporations face in absence of proper implementation of the constitution’s 74th amendments. “Ratna Jain, who is mayor of Kota Municipal Corporation in Rajasthan highlighted the issues relating to the powers not given to Municipal Corporations as per the 74th constitution amendments,” a source in the AICM said. According to him, UP and Uttarakhand governments have also not given enough powers to the local bodies.
Chief Minister Harish Rawat, who was invited in the first half of the session, said he would constitute a committee to be headed Principal Secretary (Urban Development) for proper coordination between the local bodies and the state government.
The AICM also discussed the issues relating to solid waste management, water treatment, sewage treatment and door step garbage collection. 35 sitting mayors from different parts of the country attended the session. AICM’s national general secretary Uma Shankar Singh, who is minister in MP government, was also present on this occasion.
On Friday, the first question to the AAP was related to its “anti-national activities”.