Mayors demand more powers, better working condition
The 100th edition of All India Mayors Council has sought steps to empower Mayors as per the provisions of 74th amendment of constitution.
Cuttack: The 100th edition of All India
Mayors Council has sought steps to empower Mayors as per the
provisions of 74th amendment of constitution and demanded that
all states must adopt an universal format of election and
tenure of Mayors.
Organised by Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC), the
Council of Mayors was inaugurated by Orissa Culture minister
Devi Prasad Mishra.
Two technical sessions of the council, held under the
chairmanship of All India Mayors? Council president Asutosh
Varshney of Aligarh, stressed on the need to improve the basic
infrastructure of prominent cities of the country.
Forget about basic facilities like road, drinking
water, electricity and drainage, it is unfortunate that the
poor people in elite cities do not get night shelters to beat
the ongoing cold wave condition prevailing across the country
now, the Mayors rued.
Incidentally, the very own host civic body which was
upgraded to the status of a Corporation in 2003 came up with
only two temporary night shelter houses barely two days ago
that too after a prod from the country’s Apex court.
However, the Mayors at the conference blamed the
respective state governments for failing to cope with the ever
increasing population in urban areas.
Demanding more powers to improve the basic
infrastructure of the urban people, the national council
stressed on implementation of 74th Amendment of Constitution.
At least 22 Mayors and over 100 delegates from across
the country participated in the council meeting and discussed
about their roles in eliminating urban poverty and improving
basic infrastructure in urban areas.