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Standing committee meeting adjourned Monday, October 15, 2001
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Differences and lack of synchronisation between the ruling political wing -- Congress -- and the administration of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation continues to throw the civic body in a tizzy.
On Friday, the standing committee meeting of AMC was adjourned within minutes of its commencement owing to Congress' protest against alleged inactivity of administrators on survey of city-slums.
"Survey of slums in the city has not taken place since 1976. Congress had this issue in its election manifesto in the municipal elections-2000. The same was passed as a proposal in the AMC's budget session in February," said member of standing committee Jayantilal Parmar adding, "I once again took up this issue a couple of months back, but despite repeated reminders, officers of AMC's administration failed to attend to this job."
Chairman of standing committee Badruddin Sheikh said, "In 1976 the Congress had got a similar survey-work done where 85,000 shanties were recorded and the dwellers provided with photo-identity cards. Since then the slum population has grown manifold and we have called for documentation of all shanties built in or before December, 2000. The registration will not only ensure civic facilities for the slum dwellers but whenever there is need to relocate the slums, all the residents will be given an alternative permanent accommodation in a new location by the AMC."
Rajkumar Gupta, the chairman of Congress' co-ordination committee of AMC, said, "We adjourned the Friday's meet to reprimand the administration and draw its attention to this deliberate neglect of duty."
Leader of Opposition in AMC Dharmendra Shah, on the other hand, criticised this move. Shah said, "Congress is trying to throw its weight around while issues like large number of jaundice and malaria cases in Krishnanagar of Saijpur Bogha ward and one death due to jaundice in Naroda go abegging. Municipal hospitals (especially V S Hospital) do not have syringes, needles or even life-saving drugs due to lack of funds, while doctors go for private practise, and yet Congress is more bothered about honouring its election manifesto."
News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]