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Mayor Kanna Nagaraju and Municipal Commissioner Siddhardha Jain at a special council meeting of Guntur Municipal Corporation on Friday.
Mayor Kanna Nagaraju and Municipal Commissioner Siddhardha Jain at a special council meeting of Guntur Municipal Corporation on Friday.

Staff Reporter

As many as five hours devoted to the issue of a teacher’s promotion

GUNTUR: The special council meeting of the Guntur Municipal Corporation called for introducing and discussing budgetary provisions for 2008-09 on Friday was not fruitful as 52 corporators and officials discussed for more than five hours a small administrative issue related to promotion of a GMC teacher.

With the teacher, Vimalakumari, who would be retiring from service on May 31, launching a hunger strike in front of the administrative building, the issue turned interesting and acrimonious scenes were witnessed. When the Municipal Commissioner contacted officials in Hyderabad, they said the issue would be clarified in a week if a council resolution was sent to the Secretariat. At the end of the day, introduction of the budget was put off to Tuesday, with next three days being public holidays. The Mayor adjourned the council meeting to Tuesday.

The other issue that drew the attention of the House was non-completion of Indiramma houses in the first two phases.

Ward-wise resurvey

Municipal Commissioner Siddhartha Jain said that a ward-wise resurvey was being conducted to identify the beneficiaries. The survey was being undertaken in view of the irregularities in their identification, he said.

Housing Department officials said more than 500 beneficiaries identified in the first phase and 400 in the second phase could not be traced, he pointed outAs soon as the House assembled, Deputy Mayor Tadisetty Murali insisted that pressing issues like summer action plan to meet the drinking water requirements be taken up first.

He then criticised the Commissioner for the tardy progress in the Indiramma housing scheme. The Commissioner took exception to these remarks and said that such allegations would not be tolerated. It was only after the Mayor asked Mr. Murali to observe restraint, the issue subsided.


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