Stand­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing ad­journed in­def­i­nitely

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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?

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