Aid to Hardayal library among 18 proposals get MCD House nod amid pandemonium

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Aid to Hardayal library among 18 proposals get MCD House nod amid pandemonium

Thursday, 30 November 2023 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi

Amid pandemonium, the House of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on Wednesday passed 18 proposals which include 6,589 new jobs proposal, grant in aid to Lala Hardayal library, 11,000 CCTV camera in schools, increase in minimum wages, reduction of cost of shooting film and proposal to celebrate municipal day on June 1. Later Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that AAP have passed the proposal of 6589 new jobs in MCD. These new jobs will include 2949 security guards and 3640 sanitation workers. MCD schools will now have separate sanitation workers  for cleanliness and security guards for security.

The MCD's House meeting on Wednesday witnessed a ruckus as both the BJP and the Congress councilors disrupted the proceedings over the non-formation of a standing committee and increased house tax. The House met on 2.19 pm amid sloganeering by the opposition councillors.  As soon as the House meeting was resumed, Mayor Shely Oberai urged the members to allow smooth functioning of the House amid Congress and BJP councilors continuing raising slogans. Carrying placards with demands demands such as "constitute the standing committee" and "rollback house tax" written on them, Congress and BJP councilors disrupted the proceedings. BJP councillors raised the issue of the dog menace in Delhi and asked for the release of data regarding dog bites in the city. Protesting councilors

 According to the Mayor Dr Shelly Oberai,  a total 23 proposals were tabled. Of these, 18 have been passed, 3 postponed and 2 referred back.  Oberai said a grant of Rs 2.26 crore has been sanctioned to Hardayal Library in the first phase. With this, salaries will be given to the employees.

Mayor further said about 11,000 CCTV cameras will be installed in schools. The proposal has been passed in the corporation meeting. 15 CCTV cameras have already been installed in each of the 399 school sites of erstwhile  South Delhi Municipal Corporation and East Delhi Municipal Corporation. According to the data, 10786 cameras will be installed in 1185 schools. These will have 2776 bullet cameras.  The MCD House has passed a proposal to reduce the permission fee in its jurisdiction. Now instead of Rs 75 thousand, you will have to pay Rs 25 thousand for 24 hours. For shooting for 8 hours, a fee of Rs 15,000 will have to be paid. Apart from this, a one-time administrative charge of Rs 2,000 will be charged.

Earlier, women councillors from Congress staged a sit-in outside Delhi Mayor Shelly Oberoi's office over some "sexist" comments allegedly passed against them during the MCD House meeting on Wednesday.  Earlier, the Congress councillors alleged that an AAP councillor asked them if they took "money" when they raised public issues during meeting. 

They alleged that the same person in a derogatory manner asked them to bring the issues to him if they wanted them resolved.  The female protesters demanded an apology from the councillor and action against him. They said they will not budge until the Mayor meets them.

 The women also alleged that they were manhandled by the Mayor's staff and AAP councillors when they went to raise the issue with her.

 The female councillors have demanded a checking of the House recording to identify the person who made the comment.

Delhi Congress president Arvinder Singh Lovely said that it was shocking that without any discussion, amidst chaos, the Mayor passed 22 agendas in the House session of the MCD, which was undemocratic. In a press statement, Lovely said it was a shame that the BJP andthe ruling party councillors clashed when the session was in progress and somecouncillors misbehaved with the leader of the Congress party in the MCD NaziaDanish, when she was speaking, and other women Congress councillors.

Delhi BJP spokesperson  Praveen Shankar Kapoor has demanded from Delhi Women Commission Chairperson Swati Maliwal to take suo motu cognizance of the case of insult of a woman councilor in the Municipal Corporation House meeting and to ask the Mayor to identify the councilor who made derogatory anti-women remarks and take action.

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