ANDHRA PRADESH

`Absentee' corporator faces action

HYDERABAD Aug. 26. He is an absentee corporator. For almost six months, he has not attended any of the meetings convened by the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad (MCH). Though he is the Chairperson of the Ward Committee VI, he is missed even at the meetings of the Standing Committee.

According to MCH officials, G. Shankar Yadav, Begum Bazar corporator, has not attended any of the corporation meetings nor chaired the Ward Committee VI meets for the last several months. All correspondence and copies of agenda that the MCH sent to the corporator, too, have been promptly returned, they say.

Mr. Yadav, who was also a director of the Vasavi Bank, has been absconding since the scams pertaining to the bank surfaced. Given this backdrop, the corporation is said to be preparing grounds to invoke certain rules from the Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (HMC) Act and get Mr. Yadav disqualified for his long absence.

According to sources, a report has been sent to the State Government, informing the long absence of Mr. Yadav. The MCH is said to be keen on particularly invoking the Section 23 (d) of the HMC Act, under which a member can be disqualified if he ``absents himself for over six consecutive months from meetings of the corporation.''

Sources point out that a corporator can apply for leave if he or she is not in a position to attend meetings for a long duration of time. "In this case, Mr. Yadav has not sought any leave and just disappeared. We do not know where he is and how to contact him,'' an official said.

With the corporator not turning up for the Ward Committee meetings, which he is supposed to chair, the proceedings are being conducted with the coordination of Nodal Officer, V. Ravindra Chary.

The Mangalhat corporator, Ramnarayan Yadav, said, "we are deciding on a panel chairman among ourselves at each of the meeting and conducting the proceedings.''

The Standing Committee Chairman, Abdul Rahman Khan, said Mr. Yadav was being marked absent at the Standing Committee meetings and no correspondence and agenda notes were being sent to him as they were returned undelivered.

Interestingly, the corporator of neighbouring Dhoolpet, V.G. Yadagiri, too, landed in trouble after he allegedly was caught pilfering power and was sent to judicial custody.

The MCH officials said in such cases they could not act on their own, but necessary action could be initiated if a formal report was made to the corporation.

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