Voters elect their representatives so that they can take up their issues for discussions with the municipal authorities. But in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), it seems that the representatives instead of resolving issues affecting the tax payers, utilise the time in internal conflicts.
In Right to Information (RTI) query filed by corporator Aba Bagul, it was revealed that of the 336 questions which featured in the agenda of the PMC’s general body meeting in the past five years, only 34 issues were taken up for discussions.
Bagul has also filed a written complaint to the state governor in this regard.
“According to section 44 of Bombay Municipal Act, it is the right of the corporator to ask questions of public interest at the municipal body. The general body meeting is held to discuss the questions raised by the corporators and approve the proposals of public interest. But due to political conflicts, most questions do not come up for discussions,” said Bagul.
“Earlier, nearly 80 per cent of the questions stated in the agenda would come for discussions. But the recent trend shows that only 10 per cent of questions of public interest are discussed,” he said.