Ruckus on New Year's Eve
By Express News Service | Published: 01st January 2014 10:06 AM |
The protest by the opposition members led to ruckus in the meeting of the Corporation Council on Tuesday, the last in the year 2013.
Intervening while Mayor K Chandrika began to present the condolence resolution itself, the UDF councillors expressed their dissent, saying that they had not got three working days to study the agenda. A woman councillor had not received even the notice of the meeting, they said. Amid the pandemonium, Chandrika continued with the proceedings and declared that all resolutions were approved and wound up the meeting.
The UDF and BJP councillors then marched to the office of Corporation secretary Venkatesapathy S demanding that the meeting held on Tuesday should be declared null and void. The opposition councillors claimed that they were not allotted enough time owing to the Mayor’s move to pass the resolutions which are related to the matters that have found mention in the latest Local Fund Audit report. Some of the councillors received a copy only on last Saturday and with Sunday being a holiday, they got only two days. They said that thus convening a meeting on Tuesday was against the Municipality Act. They demanded that the secretary should announce another date for a meeting to present the same agenda so that it can be brought in for a thorough discussion.
The agenda contained two resolutions seeking explanation from heads of the departments concerned on the subjects that were mentioned in the audit report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (2011-12) and Accountant General Audit, Local, from 2010-11 to 2011-12 in 15 days.
Mayor K Chandrika explained to Express that the agenda had been distributed to the councillors from last Friday and that the distribution was completed by Saturday. “Some councillors were not in station and they were given the copy on Saturday. Also, it does not matter if a holiday falls in the three days they are given to study the agenda as the Municipality Act mentions only about three full days,” said the Mayor.
She said that there were resolutions in need of urgent attention and that now was the time revision projects had to be submitted to the District Planning Committee (DPC). The opposition’s protest was aimed at hampering development, Chandrika alleged.
Aadhaar for LPG: Call to Exempt Anganwadis
T’Puram: With Aadhaar card becoming mandatory to avail cooking gas cylinders at subsidy rate from Wednesday onwards, the City Corporation has urged the government to give exemption to the 683 ‘anganwadis’ functioning in the Corporation area. An adjournment motion regarding the subject was moved by Welfare Standing Committee chairman Palayam Rajan. Cooking gas connection for the anganwadis are taken in the name of Corporation secretary and it may be difficult to avail individual subsidy through bank. Hence, the resolution demanded exemption for the LPG connections to anganwadis from the mandatory Aadhaar card and also that subsidised cylinders should be supplied through special order.