Patiala: Municipal Corporation, Patiala, is gearing up to send a team of 15 councillors to United States of America (USA) on study tour. Councillors will go through essential projects such as Solid Waste Management, Water Treatment and Solar Energy projects. Mayor Amarinder Singh Bajaj is tipped to head the team and consent from Mc’s have been invited in this connection.
Sources in MC informed that it has received an invitation from USA and on the basis of that 15 member team will leave for USA on October 15. However, the tour itself has become a bone of contention as only councillors can go on the tour not their family members.
The decision will affect Woman MC’s as the work of their wards is managed and supervised by their husbands.
Woman MC’s have raised their voice over the issue and have stated that they will meet Commissioner of Municipal Corporation, Parminder Singh Gill over the matter. Woman councillor’s include Ranjit Kaur (Ward No 6) , Harpreet Kaur (Ward No 14) , Harjit Kaur Bathla (Ward No 20) and Lata Aggarwal (Ward No38) said that they are not going to allow this indiscrimination with woman MC’s.
Woman MC’s said that they are elected members and government has provided reservation to them so they deserve their share.
Mayor, Amarinder Singh Bajaj said that MC has received a proposal and the decision is under consideration. Bajaj stated that this is not an official sponsored trip and he wants to make it clear that it is a personal trip and one has to pay travel expenses.
It is pertinent to mention that Royal City got status of the Municipal Corporation in 2002. During the tenure of the first Mayor, Vishnu Sharma, MC team had gone on study tours to China and USA.
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