In the 155-member DMK-led Chennai Corporation council, Just 13 councilors attended all its sittings in the last five years till May last. The rest stayed away from one to 20 sittings.
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This was revealed from a study of council reports undertaken by Transparent Chennai, a research wing of the Centre for Development Finance, Institute for Financial Management and Research.
The corporation council meets once a month on a date chosen by the mayor, a prerogative given under the Chennai City Municipal Act, 1919. Each councillor who attends gets Rs 800 per sitting and at least 50 members are required for any business transaction to take place.
Those who attended all the 58 meetings held till May are the CPI’s A Subramani (ward 32); deputy mayor R Satyabama, G Jeenat Birhaus (ward 33), J Srinivasan (ward 51), M Kalpana (ward 94), M Samikannu (ward 60), Sivakumar (ward 112), Radha Sambandan (ward 128) and Selvi Soundarajan (ward 146) of the DMK; and Saidai P Ravi (ward 116), P L Kalyani (ward 39), Vembathammal (ward 41) and T R Thulkarnai (ward 28) of the Congress.
Kalyani, the former secretary of the Congress’s north Chennai unit, never missed a single session — either at Ripon Buildings or at the zonal offices. Thanks to her representations, she says, Arundathi Nagar, in her ward, got power supply after four decades, the garbage yard there turned into a play-field, concrete roads were laid and houseline sewerage connections provided to for 400 families at Rs 100 each. “All this was because I managed to grab the attention of the council on every possible occasion,” she says proudly.
Many, sources said, signed the register and vanished. In the zero hour debate, several civic issues can be raised but most councilors, especially ruling party members, prefer to remain silent.
Some even avoided the monthly ward committee meetings in the zonal offices. Of the 45 sessions in the Pulianthope zone in the last four years, the corporation’s reply said, two councilors attended just one each.
Before voting, People must get an assurance from the candidate standing for councilor election that he will attend the council meeting without fail and will raise his voice for the betterment of his Ward, without any fear.