Advisory Council: No meet since February; members seek say

The Administrator's Advisory Council constituted to discuss issues concerning the city's development has not held a meeting since February this year. The committee comprises experts from various fields. Amidst growing clamour for revival of the post of Chief Commissioner or a legislative assembly, the members of the committee feel there is a need for participatory democracy that is missing under the present system.

With the Advisory Council not holding meetings, even the sub-committees constituted from amongst the members are mostly defunct with the members not having met. After the recent decision of removal of disturbed area tag from the city, voices are being raised to give more powers to the elected representatives and to revive the Chief Commissioner system. One of the primary reasons being attributed to this is the lack of accessibility of the UT Administrator.

At a meeting in February this year, after presentations on the Master Plan and Metro Rail, just two members were allowed to express their views. The members who were already unhappy with the agenda being delivered to them in the middle of the night the previous day were assured that another meeting would be held within a month where they would be given a chance to express their views. However, this did not happen.

At a meeting held prior to this in September last year, the committee decided to scrap a cattle village project at Maloya. Chairman of Federation of Sectors Welfare Association Chandigarh P C Sanghi says while members give their suggestions, there is no follow-up. "The views that we express are recorded partially. Our reminders to the officers are also not replied to. We have resolved that there is a need to revive the post of Chief Commissioner," he added.

Another member, Gurdeep Singh, a former sarpanch of Attawa, says when no work is done at the meetings, these do not solve any purpose. He claims he had made some suggestions about villages but is yet to see any action on them.

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