Union Minister for Water Resources and Parliamentary Affairs Pawan Kumar Bansal has endorsed the demand of the councillors of the Municipal Corporation to increase the powers of the civic body.
Talking to Newsline,Bansal who was in the city to campaign for the elections to Ward number 10,said the powers of the Municipal Corporation would be increased. The time has come that powers be delegated. It is time to show a democratic temperament. Steps are being taken and results would be visible soon.
Even during his last term as an MP,Bansal had been in favour of having the system of Mayor-in-Council in the city. He felt that since the elected representatives are answerable to the people they should have more powers to ensure execution of work.
The tussle for power between the officials and the elected representatives came out in the open when Mayor Kamlesh during the House Meet held in June produced a letter written by the Municipal Commissioner Dr Roshan Sunkaria stating that she does not have powers to call meetings of officials.
The leaders of the Opposition have,however,expressed doubts at the assurance given by Bansal. BJP president Kamla Sharma said: We are in favour of increasing powers of the MC. But Pawan Bansal could have taken up the issue in Parliament and got the necessary amendments done. It seems he does not want to give powers to anyone else, she said.
Meanwhile,the councillors are set to take up the agenda of implementation of 74th amendment in the House meeting scheduled for this week. The 74th amendment ensures that areas like planning,education,health,etc come under the purview of the MC.