The North Delhi Municipal Corporation Monday issued a directive to its executive wing (officials) not to accompany any Delhi MLA or Delhi government official on constituency visits, inspections and attend meetings without permission.
Stating that “if they (Delhi government) do not respect us (the corporations), we will not show respect either”, the North corporation Mayor, Sanjeev Nayyar, directed Commissioner P K Gupta to ensure that no official of the civic body, without the permission of either the mayor or commissioner, accompanies a minister/ MLA on a site visit or attends any meetings when called to their offices. Nayyar also called for strict action against those who “defy this order passed by the House”, which is the highest decision making body of the North corporation.
Leader of the House V P Pandey reminded the civic body’s officials that they “draw their salaries from the MCD, therefore, their first responsibility is toward the councillors”. He said in several instances when councillors require the assistance of Delhi government officials, “they fail to show up”. Pandey added that both councillors and MLAs were elected representatives and “both deserve to be treated with respect”.
Gupta told the House when informed of an MLA visit or inspection or meeting, the civic body deputes officials for the event concerned, and its officials do not attend such events of their own accord.
Councillors in all three civic bodies have often registered their protest with mayors against the “treatment” meted out to them by Delhi government officials. “When we seek appointments, we are not given any response, and when we protest, we are removed from our place, unceremoniously,” said a councillor who did not want to be named.
The Congress also supported the protocol directive, stating no previous government had ever stopped its officials from attending review meetings of the councillors. “However, since officials of the government do not attend our meetings or address our concerns, it is only fair, that our officials do not address theirs,” said Mukesh Goel, leader of the opposition in the North corporation.
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