Staff Reporter

BERHAMPUR: The Paralakhemundi municipality council in Gajapati district has not conducted any council meeting for the last seven months, which speaks volumes about the functioning of the local elected body, which is one of the oldest municipalities in the State. As per the norms the municipal council should convene a meeting in every two months.

But the Paralakhemundi municipal council had its last meeting on February 13. As per the councillors of the municipality, two council meetings were convened on emergency with a single agenda of clearing the financial bills. But regular meetings to discuss the problems of the town and measures to alleviate them have become a dream for the councillors, said Congress councillor Ramesh Apata.

No permanent EO

According to him despite several complaints Tirupati Nayak, the Chairperson of the municipal council, who belongs to BJP, is not convening meetings regularly.

Added to it Paralakhemundi municipality is not having a permanent executive officer. Instead a revenue officer is the in-charge executive officer of the municipality, which is also affecting the functioning of the municipality.

Councillors allege that no meeting was convened before the rainy season to discuss the problems of sanitation and water logging. Even the BJD councillors in the municipality, who are in alliance with the BJP councillors, are irked with the way of functioning.

The municipal council has 16 members. In the present council seven of the members are from the BJP, six are from the BJD and Congress has three members.

BJD councillor Pradip Nayak said that Berhampur municipal council has been conducting council meetings every month.

“People are questioning us why the council is not holding meetings to discuss common problems like sanitation. Yet, the chairperson is is in no mood to convene council meeting regularly for the reasons best known to him,” Mr Nayak said. According to him the BJD councillors were tolerating it to honour the alliance between the BJD and BJP.