Two months after the announcement of setting up a citizen vigilance committee to review and monitor the functioning of the civic body,the NCP plan hit a hurdle with some of its elected representatives not in favour of the idea.
The ruling NCP,in the first civic budget after returning to power in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC),had announced active involvement of experts in civic matters to ensure effective delivery of civic services. However,it has been two months now and no move has been made so far.
I am not aware of any development on the citizen vigilance committee. You need to ask city NCP chief and Rajya Sabha MP Vandana Chavan about it, said Baburao Chandere,chairman of the standing committee.
Chandere had tabled the civic budget for 2012-13 and had made an announcement on setting up the committee. After opposition from the party corporators,the NCP city unit had urged mayor Vaishali Bankar,leader of the House Subhash Jagtap and standing committee chairman Chandere to decide on ways to implement it.
The idea of setting up a citizen vigilance committee was not in the interest of the elected representatives as it would keep a check on them. Any criticism by the committee would not be in the interest of party corporators or the party. This might provide fodder to the opposition parties to take on the ruling party, said an NCP corporator.
Chavan said her party was committed to implementing the announcement it had made. I will personally look into the matter and ensure setting up the citizen vigilance committee, she said,adding there would be eight members from various sectors who will be included in the committee.
The committee would monitor and provide guidance to the PMC on ensuring effective implementation of development projects and improvement of civic services, Chavan added.
The experience of committee members would be helpful in increasing efficiency of the PMC,she said.
We have to shortlist the sectors which would have representation in the committee. It would depend on importance of issues of the city. The members can later be changed to make place for representatives of other sectors depending upon the priority of the issues.
The civic administration is too worried about having a committee for the PMC. The activists and NGOs are very much active in the city. Giving them a platform by making part of the committee would result in hurdles in implementation of projects by PMC, said a civic officer.
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