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Civic boss calls for action on top officer

The empowered standing committee of the civic body, in its meeting on Wednesday, took a decision to make a recommedation to the urban development and housing department to initiate administrative action against municipal commissioner Kuldip Narayan.

The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) meeting was headed by the mayor, Afzal Imam.

The decision was taken against the commissioner on charges of delaying progress in public utility schemes and not following the instructions of the elected representatives in the civic body.

The last meeting of the standing committee day before yesterday (Monday) got cancelled because the commissioner was not there. Today (on Wednesday), he came to the meeting only for 10 minutes and left thereafter saying he has to make be present at Patna High Court regarding a case, said Imam.

He added: However, even in those 10 minutes he did not put forward valid reasons for not making progress in a number of public utility schemes. Besides, he does not listen to the elected representatives at all. Thus, we took a decision to recommend administrative action against him.

Before leaving the meeting, Narayan had deputed Sheshank Shekhar Sinha, the additional municipal commissioner (in-charge), revenue and sanitation to take charge on his behalf.

Repeated calls to commissioner Narayan went unanswered.

The agenda for Wednesdays meeting of the standing committee included review on schemes for installation of two handpumps in each ward at an estimated outlay of Rs 1.25 crore, pay-and-park arrangement at 51 locations in the city and construction of urinals.

A review of development schemes entailing an outlay of Rs 5, 10 and 15 lakh was also scheduled. The standing committee had sought a list of all vacant plots belonging to PMC to be furnished in the meeting.

A proposal to instal two handpumps in each ward was approved, said Sheshank.

The standing committee also took a decision to depute Rajendra Mishra as the chief engineer (in-charge) in PMC.

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