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No computers,so East councillors strike work

Staff protest lack of space and infrastructure at municipal corporation headquarters in Udyog Bhavan,say work condition bad.

Written by Priyanka Sharma | New Delhi | Published: May 8, 2012 2:53 am

Staff protest lack of space and infrastructure at municipal corporation headquarters in Udyog Bhavan,say work condition bad.

A week after the 64 councillors of the East Municipal Corporation were sworn-in,the agency got five computers and a printer on Monday.

Irked by the inadequate number of computers and the already highlighted shortage of office space,the East councillors have decided to boycott work till more space is allotted to them at Udyog Bhavan — their headquarters in Patparganj.

“The councillors will boycott the civic office till the infrastructure is in order. There are no cabins for the deliberative wing. The civic administration has various committees like Standing Committee,Works Committee,Health Committee and Education Committee. Where does the administration expects the chairmen and the staff to operate from? None of us will come to the Udyog Bhavan till some space is made for us to work,” said Lata Gupta,Deputy Chairman of Standing Committee.

The East corporation headquarters comprises two floors of Udyog Bhavan,the DSIIDC building in Patparganj Industrial Area. The civic office has only five cabins for deliberative wing officials — Mayor,Deputy Mayor,Leader of House and Leader of Opposition and Chairman of Standing Committee.

Gupta said the councillors will also submit a letter to Municipal Commissioner Sajjan Singh Yadav on Tuesday.

Yadav,meanwhile,termed the issues as “teething problems”. “All the problems will sorted out within a week. The division of staff and the head of departments is complete,so the civic officials will start reporting now. We have also conveyed our requests for furniture,computers and necessary equipment. It will be provided by this week,” he said.

In the past one week,Leader of House B B Tyagi,Leader of Opposition Varyam Kaur,Deputy Mayor Usha Shashtri and Standing Committee Chairperson Mehak Singh have come to the head office only twice. Mayor Annapurna Mishra,however,has been regular to work.

“How can we work in such an environment? The office seems like jail. There are no basic necessities like stationery,landline and computers. Our cabins do not have washrooms. There is a shortage of water dispensers. As a sign of protest the deliberative wing does not come to the civic office,” said Mehak Singh,Chairperson of Standing Committee.

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