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Ward panel members nominated

Staff Reporter

Mayor declares the process as unanimous


For Ward 67, names have not been submitted as the corporator did not attend the meeting

In some wards, a member each from among the applicants is a close relative of the corporator


VISAKHAPATNAM: Members to the ward committees of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation were nominated to all the 72 but one ward on Friday at a special general council meeting presided over by Mayor P. Janardhana Rao on Friday. Each ward has six or seven members, depending upon the population.

The names of the members from among the applicants were submitted by the respective corporators. For Ward 67, no names were submitted as the corporator did not attend the meeting. A total of 841 applications were received for the 466 ward committee memberships. After all the names of final proposals by corporators were received and scrutinised, the Mayor declared the process as unanimous.

Commissioner V.N. Vishnu and Additional Commissioner (Projects) K. Ramesh explained the procedure to the corporators. They said reservation of three out of six and four out of seven ward committee members for women was mandatory. Nominees could be interchanged from among the categories if more had applied, without disturbing the seats earmarked for women. No objections would be entertained now as they should have been raised at the time of scrutiny, members were told. Some of the wards fell short of the applications for the seats reserved for women. Mr. Ramesh said another notification would be issued to fill the vacancies. Ward committees, headed by corporators, would decide upon 20 per cent of the budgetary works to be taken up by the corporation. In about 10 wards, a member each from among the applicants (after scrutiny) is a close relative of the corporators concerned. All of them are women corporators and most of the applicants, under prominent citizen category, are their husbands. Whether their names have been retained in the final list is not known. The other categories are representatives of resident welfare associations or, in their absence, those of tax payers' associations; slum-level federation or senior representative of self-help groups; representative of NGOs, mahila mandali, trade union, chamber of commerce or medical council; member of voluntary organisation or member of NGO working for community welfare and prominent citizens.

Responding to the plea of corporator G.V. Ravi Raju, the Mayor directed that in all wards offices be provided for meetings and wherever they were not available tenders could be called for and constructed.

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