Rule changes divide MC finance body

The changes, approved by the Municipal Corporation's Finance and Contract Committee, in the rules and regulations for community centres has divided members of the committee. What has irked some of them are alterations made to changes, that had been agreed upon in a previous meeting.

In a meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee held in October, changes in the rules and regulations of community centres was introduced. In a meeting held this month, however, the rules were altered again during the confirmation of minutes of the previous meeting. The move has been questioned by some members of the committee.

High on the contentious list is the changes that have been introduced, is the decision to strip councillors of the power of being able to nominate any member to the executive committee of the community centre in their area.

During the meeting in October, it was decided that councillors would be allowed to nominate a member to the executive committee that manages the community centres. However, in the meeting held recently, it was decided that the area councillor would not have this power. Congress councillors as well as Mayor Raj Bala Malik decided against giving the area councillors this power. It was decided that the Municipal Commissioner should nominate three members to the committee.

The decision does not seem to have gone down too well. SAD councillor Harjinder Kaur says: "Decisions taken in one meeting were changed in the other without much thought been given to these. Rules should be formulated after due consideration is given."

Similar views were expressed by BJP councillor Rajesh Gupta who said that the councillor should be allowed to nominate one member to the executive committee. "We had proposed that the area councillor should have the right to nominate one member to the executive committee. This was agreed to earlier. However, later the rule was changed," he added.

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