MC Baramulla councillors seek 'bigger role' in town's development

The councillors of MC Baramulla sought bigger role for the municipal council in the development of the town.

The councillors raised the demand at meeting with the deputy commissioner Baramulla on Wednesday, sources said.

The councillors during the meeting highlighted various issues they are facing in discharging of their duties.

While stressing the need to recruit more sanitation workers, the councillors said in the face of manifold increase in the population over last three decades there has been no “further recruitment” of the sanitation workers.

They said the present strength of the sanitation workers is same as it was few decades back.  “The present strength of sanitation workers is unable to deal with the garbage emanating from the residential as well as commercial areas in the town.

“The authorities need to increase the strength of sanitation workers,” the councillors told the Deputy Commissioner Baramulla during the meeting,” sources said.

They also called for greater role of the councillors in the development works of the town.

“Every councillor knows the issues his ward faces. Once a development work is being carried out in a ward by the PDD, the R&B or any other department, the involvement of councillor will ensure maximum benefit to the ward,” they said.

They also demanded adequate monthly honorarium besides proper accommodation to the councillors so that they can “focus on the development activities across the town”. 

“The authorities need to arrange accommodation of the councillors within the respective municipal council limits so that they can concentrate better on the civic facilities to the local people,” a councillor said.

The interactive meeting was chaired by the DC Baramulla and was attended by Joint Director Planning, President Municipal Council Baramulla, Assistant Regional Transport Officer and other officers.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, G N Itoo, assured the participating councillors that their genuine demands would be considered on priority and necessary steps shall be taken up for their fulfilment, sources said.