SILCHAR, Nov 27 - The Nagarik Swartha Raksha Sangram Parishad (NSSP), a citizens� body has brought serious allegations of inefficiency against the BJP-led Silchar Municipal Board, headed by advocate Niharendra Narayan Thakur.
Members of the citizens� body, who went to the municipal office on Thursday to remind the board of its duties to provide proper civic facilities, got into a heated argument with the chairman when submitting a memorandum highlighting their demands for door-to-door garbage collection, drainage clearance and clean drinking water facilities.
Seeing a large number of NSSP members crowding his chamber, Thakur at one point lost his temper and said, �There is no discipline among those who are here to talk. The Parishad has a negative notion against the civic board despite its performance.�
Soon after, the NSSP members counter-attacked the chairman saying, �with such intolerant behaviour towards the tax-paying citizens, who have come here to inform about their legitimate demands, Thakur is without doubt unfit to run the board�.
Haridas Dutta, secretary of the citizen�s body said that amidst growing concerns for keeping the city clean, we have been running across different parts of the county for companies to assist us in our mission. Recently, we roped in a Bengaluru-based solid waste management firm about which the chairman was informed and he too welcomed the initiative.
�If this is a negative approach according to Thakur, we would have to call ourselves unfortunate to have a leader occupying such an important position,� Dutta said.
Reacting to the allegations, Thakur said, �The NSSP members should have maintained discipline in conveying their demands, which they have violated. They were shouting. Never did the members appreciate when the water tax was reduced to Rs 75 per month from Rs 100.�
Terming the citizens� body to be an insignificant one, Thakur told reporters, �the NSSP wants a board that seeks their opinion in taking each decision, and therein lies their annoyance.�