The councillors of the Municipal Corporation might have to wait a little longer for the increase in the honorarium paid to them. The UT Administration till now has not given a decision on the issue,the Mayor,on Wednesday,gave a copy of the notification of increase in honorarium in Punjab and asked for a raise on a similar pattern.
At present the honorarium paid to the Mayor is Rs 10,000,the Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor receive Rs 6,000 each while the other councillors get Rs 5,000 each.
While the Administration has agreed to increase the honorarium paid to the Mayor to Rs 15,000 the proposal for increasing the honorarium of others was not agreed upon.
Many raised objections to the increase in honorarium stating that the Punjab Municipal Act,applicable to Chandigarh,does not define the honorarium to be paid for the Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor. It was stated that the honorarium for these two posts should be similar to that of the councillors.
A decision on the issue is yet to be taken. The councillors of the MC had mooted the proposal for increase in their honorarium last year.
The councillors,while raising the issue in the MC House meeting asked for a five fold increase in the present honorarium along the lines of increase for the Members of Parliament. However,finally a proposal was sent to the Administration for increasing the honorarium on patterns of Punjab.
Home Secretary Ram Niwas,Mayor Ravinder pal Singh,Municipal Commissioner Prerna Puri and other officers were present at the meeting. Another issue that was taken up for discussion was about finalising the schedule of posts. With new departments having been transferred to the MC there is a need for increasing the staff.
The civic body had prepared details on the number of staff members required for each department. Recruitment for more than 4,000 posts is likely to take place soon.
The MC had earlier constituted a committee to frame recruitment rules and prepare the schedule of posts. This was approved in the House and sent to the UT Administration for approval.
In the meeting held today the objections that were raised by the Administration were clarified.