A majority of the ward councillors of Dhanbad Municipal Corporation on Wednesday resolved to launch a daylong dharna on July 17 in support of an 11-point charter of demands including immediate recognition of the list of urban below poverty line (BPL) families prepared by them.
Over 30 representatives of various wards, who met under the banner of Parishad Ekta Manch at Naya Bazar, also pressed for distribution of foodgrains for above poverty line families at PDS shops, besides ration cards for which applications were submitted last year itself.
The manch — an association of councillors led by president Rustam Ansari, the councillor of ward No. 35 of Bastacola area — discussed various issues ahead of the board meeting of the corporation on July 24.
They also reviewed the decisions taken during the corporation’s standing committee meeting on July 9 and demanded pensions concerning old age, disability, and to widows for eligible candidates based on the recommendation of councillors.
The participants also demanded that the government install water standposts in various wards for those who could not afford connections at their houses.
“We will demand free supply of water to BPL families during occasions like marriages,” said Priyaranjan, councillor (ward No. 26) and vice-president of the manch.
The councillors also decided to demand allocation of funds for payment of salary to five contractual workers hired in each of the 55 wards in the corporation area.
Demanding a copy of the by-laws of the corporation for each representative, Ansari said even though two and a half years had passed since the municipal elections, most councillors were unaware about their rights and duties.
He also demanded training of councillors in this regard.
The participants unanimously called for dissolution of various panels including the standing committee of the corporation and formation of new committees, as the existing ones have completed their two-year term.
“The meeting also decided to raise the demand to terminate the agreement with A2Z, as the company has violated norms and not performed its tasks with regard to the Rs 55-crore contract for solid waste management in Dhanbad,” Priyaranjan told The Telegraph.