JAMMU, July 11: Congress councillors of JMC have raised various questions over the functioning of the BJP led Corporation and its failure to come upto the expectations of the General Public of the Municipal limits.
In a joint Press conference today all Congress councilors have raised several questions regarding the functioning of the corporation. The councillors questioned that the sanitization process has been stopped, when the COVID-19 cases are on rise. However, they questioned the earlier material supplied by the Corporation and asked whether bleaching powder is effective in the sanitization in the COVID-19, since the Corporation used bleaching powder for the sanitization job, they also demanded that the Corporation should disclose the total amount spent on the various components of the sanitization so far and carry forward the process by use of effective material in view of the growing effect of COVID-19. They also claimed that in most cases they purchased their own Sodium Hypochlorite out of their own pocket.
They further alleged that street lights as per required numbers have not been provided and installed in the wards from last one and half year and the process for the same was to be carried by EESL with whom the MOU was signed but same has been further sublet to local agencies, as a result almost 20% of Street Lights installed so far has turned out to be defunct in less than 2 months.
They sought quality work and no compromise on the quality of material, so that people don’t suffer in the long run. Congress opposed the move of JMC to impose 1% additional tax in the shape of stamp duty on the transfer of any property within the limits of JMC and termed it as a additional burden on the common man. They also raised the issue of proposed move of the BJP led JMC and termed it as against the interest of common man.
They claimed that previous Congress Coalition Government had enacted the Finance Commission Act in the year 2011. As per provisions of 74th Amendment, the Govt failed to setup implementation of the act and setup the Finance Commission to allocate funds to the Corporation and other Municipal bodies as per provision of the act. They claimed that the Congress had incorporated all the relevant provisions of 74th Amendment in J&K through its consistent struggle in the coalition govt. However, this Govt has failed to translate those provisions in the state act/acts into action.
Those briefed included Dwarka Choudhary, Kamal Singh, Gourav Chopra, Bhanu Mahajan, Rajni Bala, Rajinder Singh Jamwal, Inderjeet Randhawa, Sobat Ali, Mohi-ud-Din Choudhary, Ritu Choudhary, Charanjeet Kour Shingari and others.