Ranbir Singh is the new executive officer of Khanna Municipal Council. After serving in Nabha Municipal Council,he took the charge in the town last month. He talks to Somesh Batta about his plans for the city.
What are your plans for betterment of the town?
With the consent of the elected members,the problems of the town will be solved in a phased manner. In consultation with Municipal Council President Iqbal Singh,I have chalked out plans for the town which will be implemented in the coming financial year.
How do you plan to tackle the problem of sewerage and sanitation?
The sewerage problem in the town will be solved with the available funds of the Municipal Council and funds from the state government. The Mohalla Sudhar Committees have been dissolved as per the directions of the state government and 65 temporary sanitation workers were dismissed. We have chalked out a plan to privatise sanitation work of outer wards by giving it on contract. The services of sanitation employees who will get free from these wards will be utilized in other wards. We have started a cleanliness drive in the town in which the sanitation employees clean five wards in a day other than their routine work.
What about the policy to increase the income of Municipal Council and control the extra expenses?
The part of the income from the funds being sent by state government from VAT collection is limited. We are concentrating on generating revenues from the sources which are directly under our control. We have fastened the recovery of house tax,water supply and sewerage bills,rent collection,license fees,advertisement tax and other miscellaneous taxes. By motivating the people,we are increasing the tax collection. As the expenditure on establishment is fixed,we are trying to reduce other expenses by keeping check on diesel and petrol operating cost.
What about increasing the efficiency of the MC employees and to check corrupt practices?
After I joined Khanna last month,I directed all the employees to work with utmost responsibility and accountability for better administration. If any corrupt practice comes to my notice,strict action will be taken against the erring employee. Anybody can meet me in office hours for his or her grievance,which will be solved on priority basis.
Any message for the residents?
I want to appeal the residents to co-operate with the Municipal Council,as it is your own body. People should pay their taxes in time. The residents should construct their buildings as per building bylaws and get it approved from the MC authority. People should not encroach upon the public land.