Chandigarh citizen’s groups to hold People’s Parliament

The main objective of the group is to take up the problems of the people with the authorities

Written by Shub Karman Dhaliwal | Chandigarh | Published: January 6, 2016 9:38:45 am

Two citizens groups FOSWAC and CHB Residents Federation have joined hands to form “Aware Action Group” (AAG) which will hold a People’s Parliament for the residents of the city. The main objective of the group is to take up the problems of the people with the proper authorities.

The group plans to meet twice a year, first on the Sunday before the January 26, and the second time on the Sunday before August 15 every year.

Every time the city’s Member of Parliament, the Mayor, and the Adviser would be invited. One speaker each from the prominent political parties will also be invited.

The Convening Committee of the AAG will consist of eight members: the chairman, the secretary-general and any other two members of each of the two federations will come together to form this eight member convening committee.

While addressing the media, president of CHB Residents Federation Nirmal Dutt said, “Till now we only used to petition our complaints and from now on we will be campaigning for our demands and common problems as well. The AAG will provide a platform to the people and officials to come together to find solutions to our common problems. In this way, the people of the city will get to know what kind of work is being done for them and make them aware about the actions taken by the administration and the elected representative.”

Aware Action Group in its charter of demands has asked the administration for implementation of citizens charter without delay.

Representation of RWA’s in the advisory body for different departments, improvement of city police functioning to make it more result oriented and people friendly reduction of fees for housing board residents plus a metropolitan council for the city with powers residing with the citizen representative.

Convener Baljinder Singh Bittu says that crime is increasing and so too is encroachment all over the city.

“The city is beautiful only for people coming to the city from outside but for people like us who have been living here for the last 40-50 years do not find the city beautiful. As the city is not seeing any improvement in infrastructure, the development of the city is very slow and is moving at snail’s pace,” he said.
“The Adviser has already given his commitment to us,” he added.

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