Uproar in House: MC officers walk out over chlorinator questioning
CHANDIGARH: The monthly meeting of the municipal corporation took an unprecedented turn as the officers staged a walk out from the House on Friday after the councillors demanded registration of a criminal case against them in the defunct chlorinators case. Decrying the attitude of the officers, the councillors said they had lost faith in them.
Reacting to this, all the officers walked out of the meeting and wrote to the UT adviser seeking repatriation to their home cadres, pendency of which they should be allowed month's leave. On the other hand, councillors termed the reaction an insult to the house and demanded disciplinary action against the officers.
The house was later adjourned without passing any agenda.
It may be mentioned that HT had first highlighted the issue of unchlorinated water being supplied to several parts of the city in absence of non-functional chlorinators.
This is the second time since the inception of the civic body in 1996 that MC officers have walked out of the meeting. On August 29 last year too, the officers
COUNCILLORS LODGE COMPLAINT WITH THE ADVISER, DEMANDING DISCIPLINARY ACTION AGAINST THE OFFICERS
had boycotted the house, an action jointly criticised by all the councillors. The officers were also accused of evading responsibilities.
On Friday, the drama began when BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi alleged that the reply provided to him regarding the installation of substandard chlorinators was wrong. He alleged that the MC officers replied to him thrice and each contradicted the other. Besides, the officers had been misguiding the house as they failed to provide the exact details of the chlorinators installed at different tubewells.
Public health department superintending engineer Ramesh Chander Diwan failed to justify the wrong information given to Joshi. Even commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh's suggestion on forming of a probe panel also met with opposition from the councillors, who refused to settle for anything less than a CBI inquiry and a criminal case against the officers.
Officers got annoyed over the language used by councillors. They were only trying to answer the queries of councillors. VIVEK PARTAP SINGH MC Commissioner
We do not expect the MC officers to do justice. They have already failed to take action against the guilty officers. We want an independent inquiry. SURINDER BAGHA nominated councillor
The officers failed. Eight residents of Mauli Jagran died. This shows how officers have been playing with the lives of the general public. ARUN SOOD BJP councillor
The bureaucrats in the House are the main opposition. They are making fools out of us. No action has been taken against them even though officers were found guilty. AMRIT TIWARI nominated councillor