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Citizens not upbeat over ensuing GMC polls

By STAFF Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 3 � Most of the residents of this gateway to the North East are not upbeat over the ensuing GMC polls. Barring a few, majority of the citizens including those who figure prominently in public life opine that under the existing set up with corruption unchecked, not much can be delivered by the GMC.

Veteran journalist DN Chakravartty does not expect any improvement in the civic affairs of the city holding the election.

�Under the existing setup with the Congress at the helm of affairs, I don�t see any bright future for the citizens of this premier city of the North East. For over five years, the elected GMC body had been allowed to remain non functional because of the narrow political interest of the party in power,� pointed out Chakravartty adding that one major grievance of the people of this city has been the deprivation caused to the city by the State government by denying the benefits which was due under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) mission.

�We have learned that an amount of Rs 3200 crore was due to this corporation under the JNNURM but since fund from this mission could be utilized only by an elected corporation, Guwahati missed this opportunity when government of Assam dissolved the elected corporation in 2008. Guwahati had to remain content with a nominal amount only which was made available through certain means somehow,� said Chakravartty.

Chakravartty further said that a major drawback of the GMC has been the predominance of political interest over-riding the common interest of people�s well being.

�Unlike other major cities of the country, the GMC has been functioning in a most pitiable manner in respect of execution of various welfare schemes. The State government and the GMC should learn from Surat city, which was devastated by plague in 1994, and was fully renovated and brought to a highly developed status,� mentioned Chakravartty citing another disaster that struck Surat in 2007 in the form of flood and how Surat tackled with the situation in a very efficient manner.

�The confusion created after the flood and the disastrous situation was fully rectified by the local administration under the direct supervision of Chief Minister Narendra Modi,� he said regretting that with the existing political leadership in Assam and the officers functioning in a slipshod and irresponsible manner, the people of Guwahati will have to wait for a long time to see a beautiful city. �I am quite pessimistic about the future of Guwahati and see more terrible days ahead for the citizens,� he declared.

On the other hand, another citizen Baneshwar Khound said that if things have to be changed, then the public must come forward.

�I don�t think just holding the GMC election will resolve the problems that Guwahati has been facing. I even don�t have much hope on the public representatives as their sincerity is always doubtful. People have to act as a pressure group and compel their elected representatives to perform,� said Khound complaining that his area Patarkuchi is always filthy and stinking on account of lack of drainage facility is reflective of how the GMC has been delivering.

Though he is not enthusiastic, Khound has decided to exercise his franchise. He said that he is not in favour of any political party, but has to be careful while selecting the candidates of his choice. He also said that party politics should not hamper the working of the GMC and stressed the necessity for checking corruption to develop not only the city but also the State.

A social worker, Baijayanti Kalita who is involved with the Society for Social Transformation and Environment Protection strongly voiced her dissatisfaction at the system and said that she had no hope at all that Guwahati would be transformed into a beautiful city.

�The GMC election has absolutely no meaning for me. Will the corruption that has stalled all development be eliminated by a new elected body of GMC?� she asked adding that she will nevertheless cast her vote for candidates who show a spirit of social service. She said that within a couple of years from now, the citizens will realize that once again they have been cheated with false promises.

Noted writer Atulananda Goswami expressing his opinion on the forthcoming GMC election said that it is all a Bhaona, and that he would abstain from casting his vote. Goswami said that he had no hope as elected representatives hardly keep their promises.

�Over the years, we have seen only hollow assurances from the public representatives. They never work for the public,� rued Goswami.

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Citizens not upbeat over ensuing GMC polls

GUWAHATI, June 3 � Most of the residents of this gateway to the North East are not upbeat over the ensuing GMC polls. Barring a few, majority of the citizens including those who figure prominently in public life opine that under the existing set up with corruption unchecked, not much can be delivered by the GMC.

Veteran journalist DN Chakravartty does not expect any improvement in the civic affairs of the city holding the election.

�Under the existing setup with the Congress at the helm of affairs, I don�t see any bright future for the citizens of this premier city of the North East. For over five years, the elected GMC body had been allowed to remain non functional because of the narrow political interest of the party in power,� pointed out Chakravartty adding that one major grievance of the people of this city has been the deprivation caused to the city by the State government by denying the benefits which was due under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) mission.

�We have learned that an amount of Rs 3200 crore was due to this corporation under the JNNURM but since fund from this mission could be utilized only by an elected corporation, Guwahati missed this opportunity when government of Assam dissolved the elected corporation in 2008. Guwahati had to remain content with a nominal amount only which was made available through certain means somehow,� said Chakravartty.

Chakravartty further said that a major drawback of the GMC has been the predominance of political interest over-riding the common interest of people�s well being.

�Unlike other major cities of the country, the GMC has been functioning in a most pitiable manner in respect of execution of various welfare schemes. The State government and the GMC should learn from Surat city, which was devastated by plague in 1994, and was fully renovated and brought to a highly developed status,� mentioned Chakravartty citing another disaster that struck Surat in 2007 in the form of flood and how Surat tackled with the situation in a very efficient manner.

�The confusion created after the flood and the disastrous situation was fully rectified by the local administration under the direct supervision of Chief Minister Narendra Modi,� he said regretting that with the existing political leadership in Assam and the officers functioning in a slipshod and irresponsible manner, the people of Guwahati will have to wait for a long time to see a beautiful city. �I am quite pessimistic about the future of Guwahati and see more terrible days ahead for the citizens,� he declared.

On the other hand, another citizen Baneshwar Khound said that if things have to be changed, then the public must come forward.

�I don�t think just holding the GMC election will resolve the problems that Guwahati has been facing. I even don�t have much hope on the public representatives as their sincerity is always doubtful. People have to act as a pressure group and compel their elected representatives to perform,� said Khound complaining that his area Patarkuchi is always filthy and stinking on account of lack of drainage facility is reflective of how the GMC has been delivering.

Though he is not enthusiastic, Khound has decided to exercise his franchise. He said that he is not in favour of any political party, but has to be careful while selecting the candidates of his choice. He also said that party politics should not hamper the working of the GMC and stressed the necessity for checking corruption to develop not only the city but also the State.

A social worker, Baijayanti Kalita who is involved with the Society for Social Transformation and Environment Protection strongly voiced her dissatisfaction at the system and said that she had no hope at all that Guwahati would be transformed into a beautiful city.

�The GMC election has absolutely no meaning for me. Will the corruption that has stalled all development be eliminated by a new elected body of GMC?� she asked adding that she will nevertheless cast her vote for candidates who show a spirit of social service. She said that within a couple of years from now, the citizens will realize that once again they have been cheated with false promises.

Noted writer Atulananda Goswami expressing his opinion on the forthcoming GMC election said that it is all a Bhaona, and that he would abstain from casting his vote. Goswami said that he had no hope as elected representatives hardly keep their promises.

�Over the years, we have seen only hollow assurances from the public representatives. They never work for the public,� rued Goswami.

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