MUMBAI: Mayors from cities across the State decided to resign collectively for their executive rights.
All the mayors of the corporations and city councils had a conference in Andheri, Mumbai. The mayors passed a resolution to resign collectively at Varsha (Chief Minister’s official residence).
There are 367 nagar parishads (councils) and municipal corporations in Maharashtra. Currently, there are no executive rights to the mayors. The government had amended the council rules in May 2016 and in May 2018, where the amendment reduces the rights of the mayors.
“All the mayors should get the earlier rights. There were executive rights to the mayors under sections 58 (2) and 77 (1) of the Municipal Act. That was reduced after the amendments. For the executive rights, we decided to resign collectively. The resolution was also passed in the conference,” said Prem Basantani, President of Nagar Parishad Mahasangh and Mayor of Hinganghat Municipal Corporation.
“Earlier, the Chief Executive Office (CEO) of the Corporation had to work as per the mayor’s instruction. That control had been removed by the amendments. It should be reinstated. The mayor had a right to prepare a confidential report about the CEO, which has also been curtailed. It was mandatory for the CEO to attend the General Body meeting, which has now been removed,” he said.
“Now, the government is planning to award more rights to the CEO, like commissioners of municipal corporations. This provision is harmful to the elected representatives while working for people,” Basantani said.