Standing committee meeting adjourned indefinitely
In an unprecedented move, the standing committee of NMMC has been adjourned indefinitely by its chairman Shivram Patil on Thursday.
He has received unanimous support for the decision from the committee members cutting across party lines. Patil has blamed lack of time being given by municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe to meet elected representatives. He has demanded respect for the corporators.
The battle lines are clearly being drawn with the corporators from all parties, first going after Mundhe in the general body meeting held on Wednesday. They even stalled his proposal for a hike in licence fee.
It was the same story at the standing committee of a united political front against Mundhe. Not one of the four proposals on the agenda were taken up and the meeting was declared adjourned indefinitely by Patil.
There was not a word even from the NCP members who have been at loggerheads with Patil. Everyone complied with the decision.
Just as the meeting started with additional municipal commissioner Ankush Chavan in the commissioner’s chair, Patil stated, “Every corporator represented 10,000 to 15,000 people and hence I have in the last two meetings requested the commissioner to give a specific time to the corporators to help the convey the people’s issues to him.”
He said, “There are 111 elected corporators, 5 nominated corporators, besides committee members of NMMT, education department etc.”
He said, “Instead, what we see is that some retired people and those not on good terms with the corporators getting to meet the commissioner. He takes actions and decisions against the corporators based on their inputs.”
He then asked Chavan, if the commissioner had taken a decision on the request made to him.
Chavan said, “I have informed the commissioner of the sentiments of the committee members. When a decision is taken, we will inform the committee.”
This infuriated Patil who said, “When the decision has not yet been taken, how can you take us for granted and expect us to pass your resolutions?”
Patil said, “If the elected representatives are not going to get respect, I have no need for this prestigious chair. I adjourn this meeting till we get the respect due to us.”
He declared the meeting over and the members stood up for the national anthem and left the hall.
Speaking on the decision, Patil said, “We are here to serve the cause of the people and not the administration. We condemn not just the commissioner but the entire administration for the manner in which his officials are behaving with the elected representatives.”
He said, “The elected representatives are the ones who can give the true picture to the commissioner of people’s problems. If he is not ready to hear us, then how can people be heard?