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State plans common statute for civic bodies

The state government plans to evolve a common statute to govern municipal bodies in a bid to streamline laws and remove anomalies.

The state government plans to evolve a common statute to govern municipal bodies in a bid to streamline laws and remove anomalies.

The issue was raised by some ministers,including Employment Guarantee Minister Nitin Raut,at the Cabinet meeting on Friday. The Cabinet approved a proposal to issue an ordinance to amend the City of Nagpur Corporation Act,1948,to increase the number of civic body members from 136 to 145 as per the growth in population reflected in the 2011 census data. The government would issue an ordinance soon and later introduce a Bill in the winter session of the legislature. The Nagpur Municipal Corporation is one of the 10 major civic bodies going to polls within six months.

A senior minister said the City of Nagpur Corporation Act had the provision to increase the number of members as per the population growth and the number of corporators to be elected had been mentioned in the statute,requiring an amendment after every census. He pointed out that other Acts,like the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act,1888,took note of the rise in population and provided for increase in the number of members accordingly,but did not specify the number of corporators in the Act,thereby saving the trouble of amending them every 10 years after the census.

Several ministers urged Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to introduce a common Act to cover all municipal bodies,instead of having four Acts — The City of Nagpur Corporation Act,the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act,the Bombay Provincial Municipal Corporations Act,1949 and the Maharashtra Municipal Councils,Nagar Panchayats and Industrial Townships Act,1965.

The senior minister said Chavan favoured the suggestion and asked officials to start working on it. He said the Nagpur Act specified the number of corporators under Section 9,unlike other Acts where the number of members is not specified but provision is made to increase their number with the growth in population.