Ludhiana: Just at the start of meeting, SAD-BJP and Congress councilors created a mess around the table in front of Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Jaskaran Singh and Mayor of City, Harcharan Singh during the whole meeting.
As the councillors headed by MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu who was conducting the stage most of the time said that they would only let budget pass if earlier marked inquires against officials and contractors would be put on table and action would be announced only after that budget would be passed unanimously on Saturday.
In the meeting, he said on behalf of everyone that coming above from the political parties all the councillors want inquiry report into the cases before the clearance of the budget and PIDB money spent funds status. “We want that all should know in Punjab that we take house even more important than our political parties. We all are here for the development purpose “, voiced Ashu in the house.
All different political party councillors agreed on this with Bharat Bhushan Ashu on this stand.
Watching the unity of councillors on this issue inquiry committee has been formed which would submit the reports of inquires marked earlier on the contractors, Municipal Corporation officials by the councillors and PIDB funds. The inquiry team would be headed by the MC Commissioner, Jaskaran Singh, one lawyer to see the legal aspects and three representatives from different political parties.
Mayor announced in the meeting that the reports would be tabled on Saturday in front of the House and action would be taken against the guilty on the spot. He further said that PIDB fund details and where they are being spent would also be given if any corruption would be there then the concerned high cadre officials would be under the
As the councillor raised the allegations that works under F1 projects were passed in F&CC meeting then how funds under F2 projects were passed without any F&CC meeting. The inquiry was also marked under this issue in the meeting, which MC Commissioner with his officials has to submit burning midnight oils for two days.
Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal, Councillor said that first of all, full 100 crore loan money taken earlier under the councillors fund should be granted to the councillors for the developmental works in their areas. The other councilors said that Municipal Corporation is doing nothing right as its roads, Ganda Nullah, officials and contractors shirk work and other things also are improper.
In meeting, certain hot words were also exchanged by the councillors but no major tussle was seen among the officials.
Councillors said that budget would only be passed after inquiry reports would be tabled in house
“Its a tough challenge to be a MCL
The Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, Commissioner, Jaskaran Singh in his first General House meet confessed that for him post of Municipal Commissioner would be a tough task as he has never served the corporation in his tenure. A soft spoken new commissioner said that he would seek the help of the councillors who are experienced than him in the city to take Ludhiana in a direction of development and would try his best to take Ludhiana to new heights to make city smarter. The councillors applauded his gesture by patting on the tables at the house meeting.
The councilor Gurpreet Singh Khurana while commenting on Parminder Shivalik councillors’ statement said that there were no stray dogs during Akali government. While Mayor said that increasing stray dog menace should be stopped as they are bitting residents as these stray dogs are ‘Goons of new government on the roads’. It left laughter all over the house. Tanvir Dhaliwal councillor further teasing Khurana said LIP and AAP has no right to speak like this on dogs.
No monthly report given on work done in ward
In the last meeting, Mayor of City Harcharan Singh announced that Municipal Corporation Ludhiana officials would submit the councillors monthly list to inform them how much work they have done in their wards. But till date, they have not received any single letter nor any work has been done by them in last six months
In the serious issues going on in the house meeting, Gurpreet Singh Gogi was seen distributing ‘Barfi’ (sweetmeat) due to which mayor snubbed him that serious stuff is going on and you are disturbing by sweets.
Picture of Dr. BR Ambedkar in General House meeting hall was garlanded just before the start of meeting just to save the grace. Even their picture was being set properly at the last moment only.
One of the councillors commented on other two councilors in front of Mayor that they both are like brothers out of house so don’t take them seriously.
MC Commissioner was seen lost in meeting certain times watching the chaos in the house meeting and was seen putting his hand on the head as he is a disciplined person from Army backround.
Female councillors were just enjoying the chit chat session when male councillors were busy in round table conference and few others were just enjoying all conversations with a smile on their faces by staying mum.
Half of the meeting was done without speaking on mic by the Mayor and councillors were just talking one to one with Mayor and Commissioner.
Akali councillors were seen whispering that they are going to win next elections on PIDB issue and were seen making comments in between.
Two minute silence was observed to pay homage to the deceased kins of the MC councillors.
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