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Solution to peoples' problems gets delayed as newly elected councilors continue to hold office of profit
11/20/2018 10:49:36 PM
Jehangir Rashid
Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, Nov 20: Most of the people who got elected in the recently concluded urban local body polls continue to hold office of profit and they are yet to resign from the positions held by them.
As a result of this the solution to the problems being faced by the people has taken a back seat and it seems that it would take much more time before these issues of the people are solved. This would mean that justice is delayed for the common masses.
Sources told Early Times that many of the councilors elected to different municipal corporations, councils and committees continue to be the employees of various government departments. These people are yet to resign giving the impression that they are not interested to give up their jobs.
"A corporator or a councilor is supposed to solve the basic problems being faced by the people of their respective areas. If he or she attends to the duties then when will they listen to the woes of common masses and then take steps to solve the problems of people," said sources.
Sources while quoting an example said that a person who got elected to Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) as a councilor from an uptown area continues to discharge his duties in one of the government departments. The said person is yet to put in papers and he seems to least interested in the same.
"The councilor works in the Power Development Department (PDD) and belongs to one of the uptown areas of Srinagar district. Since the councilor works in a critical department it would be difficult for him to address the concerns of the people living in his area. As such one can expect delay in redressal of grievances in that particular area," said sources.
Sources said that the people who got elected to the different local bodies in the state should immediately resign from their particular offices of profit. Once they do it then only they can devote their attention towards the problems of the people as a whole and solve the problems later on.
"The purpose of local self government would be defeated if the councilors or corporators instead of solving the problems of people concentrate on their personal issues more so when the same are related to their professional matters. As such it is important that these people resign from their respective jobs and concentrate on the bigger role," said sources.
Sources said that Governor Satya Pal Malik led State Administrative Council (SAC) should intervene in the matter and check as how many councilors or corporators are employees in the government sector. They said that once the number is known then the people at helm can take corrective measures and ask the councilors to resign at the earliest.
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