CHENNAI: It was a pleasant surprise to her colleagues when R Sasireka, a 28-year-old first-time councillor representing the AIADMK for Ward 41 in R K Nagar stepped into the council hall for a meeting, with a four-month-old baby in her arms.
The RK Nagar constituency was the constituency from which party supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa contested in the recent State Assembly elections.
Sasireka’s father, also an AIADMK functionary said, “Although her daughter is just four months old, she insisted on attending the council meeting. She normally doesn’t miss any meeting.”
Elected to the corporation council in 2011, Sasireka is an MPhil from Madras University. When asked how she will manage both motherhood and councillor’s post, Sasireka said, “I am determined to manage both roles without compromising either.”
Meanwhile, all civic works, put on hold owing to the assembly elections, will be carried out on priority basis, said Mayor Saidai Duraisamy.
Addressing the council meeting, he said pending works, including the ongoing storm water drain project in several wards, will be fast tracked. He also asked councillors to submit a list of roads damaged due to the metro rail within two days. A total of 18 resolutions, including one on provision of LED lights.
Alandur, Ambattur edu, revenue dept to be integrated
The mayor promised to integrate the education and revenue departments in the expanded Alandur and Ambattur areas with the civic body. 42 local bodies were incorporated from the Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts