bill: Mayors To Request State Govts To Implement 74th Constitutional Amendment Bill | Kanpur News

Kanpur: All India Mayors Council on Saturday unanimously decided to request their states to implement the 74th Constitutional Amendment Bill to strengthen local self-government in their states.
On the concluding day of the two-day meet, Naveen Jain, president, All India Mayors Council, not only demanded implementation of the Amendment Bill but also alleged that some states were not adopting it because they had an apprehension that the Bill would give more rights to mayors. “The 74th Amendment apart from empowering mayors will also increase their duties towards the public”, he added.
Addressing the mayors and corporators of Kanpur at Pramila Bhawan at KMC headquarters premises, Jain said it was also decided to request the Central government to enact an All India Municipal Act and create “Municipal cadre” in the Indian Administrative Services.
“The IAS officers selected for municipal cadre will be required to work in municipal corporations in their whole service period whereas at present an IAS officer transferred in a municipal corporation just passes his time there. While being in municipal cadre, he will have to work in a municipal corporation and will be transferred to another municipal corporation. In this way, they will pay more attention to the development of the cities, Jain further said. He said he and other mayors will soon meet the Prime Minister and the chief ministers and present the proposal.
Talking to mediapersons, he stated that issues of water conservation and increasing green cover of the city were also discussed in the meeting . Speaking on the occasion, UP Assembly speaker and local MLA Satish Mahana said since he was associated with urban development, he knew the problems of the cities. He himself was interested in complete development of the cities, he said. “If Indore can achieve the status of the most clean city of the country, then why not others”?, he asked. “A fine city must be a city of fines” he said.
Explaining this maxim, Mahana said to keep the city fine it must be ready for fines for any illegal civic affair. Slapping fines will force the citizens to follow municipal laws and keep the city neat and clean. He said mayors should think of providing facilities to citizens because it is presumed that by 2035 more than 50 percent of India’s population will live in cities. “Are cities ready for this? They should keep in mind about the exodus of people from villages to cities, he added. Umesh Gautam demanded that corporators too should be paid for their services as they are also public representatives. He urged the state government to release the funds of Awasthapana so that pending projects could be completed in the interest of the public. He said the next mayors’ conference will be held in Raipur.Raipur mayor Aizaz Ahmad said that the Chhattisgarh government had admitted their demand and the mayor and corporators both were getting salaries. He also advocated that every corporator should be provided an office in his/her ward. Kanpur mayor Pramila Pandey in her address said that she would try her best to raise an office for each corporator in his/her ward. She would meet the chief minister to seek KMC’s rights over gram samaj land . Municipal commissioner Shiv Sharanappa proposed the vote of thanks.

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