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SMC mum on govt notice

Siliguri, Aug. 11: The officials of Siliguri Municipal Corporation have decided against replying to a notice served by the state government, asking why the board of councillors shouldn’t be dissolved as the civic body had been lying defunct since May 20, sources have said.

The notice, signed by a joint secretary of the municipal affairs department, was sent to SMC on July 30.

“At present, only the SMC chairman is in his post. The posts of mayor, deputy mayor and members, mayor in council, have been lying vacant since May 20. No officials, right from the commissioner, cannot reply to the notice as they are not elected members. They cannot say whether the elected board should be dissolved or not,” said an official who didn’t want to be named.

“It was a notice, and not a letter. Also, it was not addressed to anybody. At the end of the notice, a representation was sought within 10 days, that is, by August 9, saying why the civic board should not be dissolved,” he added.

CPM leader Asok Bhattacharya said the notice was part of a move by the government to appoint an administrator to the civic body.