The Administrator’s Advisory Council (ACC), which was formed in 2007 to discuss issues related to Chandigarh, held seven meetings in nine years.
According to the laid norms, the council has to meet thrice in a year. The last meeting of the council was held on June 30 in 2014 to discuss the Chandigarh Master Plan 2031. Prior to that, the meeting of the council was held on November 30, 2012. Five other meetings were held between March 2009 and March 2013. No single meeting of the council was held in it’s first term from February 2, 2007 to February 2, 2009.
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The council was constituted in all the UT’s without legislatures – Chandigarh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, and Lakshadweep – on directions of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) with an objective to advise the administration on developmental issues of the city and policy matters.
After a gap of five months, the Chandigarh administration on May 7 had re-constituted the council after its two-year term expired on November 11 last year.
The non-serious attitude of the administration towards the council can be gauged from the fact that even last time when the term of the council had expired on March 31, 2013, it took more than seven months to reconstitute it on November 11, 2013.
According to the laid down norms, members of the council from different sections of the society are nominated by the UT administrator. The total number of members cannot be more than 60. There are a total of nine standing committees of the council for various sectors – transport, urban planning, health, urban development, environment, education, law and order and sports.
The newly constituted council include MP Kirron Kher; Satya Pal Jain, additional solicitor general of India; Mayor Arun Sood; chief architect; PGIMER director; PU vice-chancellor; Panchkula MLA Gian Chand Gupta, presidents of all political parties and chairman of Federation of Sector Welfare Associations.
Federation of Sector Welfare Associations Chandigarh (FOSWAC) chairman Baljinder Singh Bittu, who is also member of the council, said the administration should convene the meeting of the council at the earliest. “There are many issues related to the general public that need to addressed. The council should meet at least four times in a year,” said Bittu.
Aware of council meetings not being held regularly, Kher said she will take up the issue with the administration to ensure that meetings are held regularly so that all the issues related to city are discussed.
Despite repeated attempts, UT home secretary Anurag Agarwal was not available for comments.