BJP councillors lead in asking questions in MC meets
The councillors of the BJP take the lead when it comes to raising questions in the MC House. This year's records show more questions by the BJP councillors have been tabled during meetings than councillors of other parties. Ranging from parking passes to those on the study tours of the councillors — questions have led to controversies in the House as well, with councillors often claiming that the answers tabled are less than satisfactory.
The maximum questions have been put forth by councillor Satinder Singh. He has questioned the Municipal Corporation about the condition of primary education, a department that has recently been transferred to MC. The other questions posed by him include details of the study tours that have been undertaken since the inception of MC, condition of streetlights in the city and the workers at tubewells.
As an answer to the question on primary education, it was revealed that almost 90 per cent of the funds of MC for the department were lying unutilised. The answer to question on study tours continues to be unsatisfactory and the question has been taken from one meeting of the house to the other.
"The officials do not give satisfactory reply to the questions. Instead of taking it in the right spirit, they take it as a questioning of their credibility which is not the case. Vague replies are given," says Singh.
Similar views were expressed by councillor Saurabh Joshi whose questions about chlorinators in the last meeting of the House led to a walkout by the officials. "The questions are not seriously pursued by the officers who at times take two to three months to reply. There is a need for an independent department to handle the questions. The House meet is a place where we can raise questions pertaining to projects concerning the city. It is our responsibility towards the people who elected us," he says.