Expressing serious concerns over unruly behaviour of elected representatives at the general body meeting of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), Mayor Dattatraya Dhankawade has urged the state government to allow the civic body to appoint Marshals, as in the state legislative Assembly and Parliament, to ensure that the corporators leave the meeting hall on mayor’s orders.
In a letter to the chief minister, the mayor has mentioned instances from the PMC general body meeting where corporators have engaged in unruly behaviour like making noise, taking away mayoral maze, raising voice against the mayor or insulting the municipal secretary and civic officers.
“The unruly behaviour of elected representatives in general body meeting is bringing disrepute to the house of representatives,” he has said in the letter, adding that the mayor at present has powers of only directing the corporator to leave the meeting hall but has no powers to ensure if the directions are not followed.
In his letter, the mayor has also pointed out that the present rules allow him to suspend a corporator for 15 days if he or she is directed to leave the House twice within 15 days. “The state government should change the rule and allow the mayor to suspend the corporator for at least two months if he is directed to leave the meeting hall even once for unruly behaviour,” the mayor has said.
“It is necessary to change the rules to bring discipline among corporators during the general body meeting,” the mayor has said in the letter.