Need separate IAS ‘municipal cadre’ for effective administration: Lucknow Mayor

The mayors believe that officers selected for the municipal cadre will serve in the municipality throughout their term of service. Such a pool of IAS officers would be more beneficial for the development of cities

The All India Council of Mayors decided on Saturday to call on chief ministers of various states to implement the 74th Constitutional Amendment Bill to enhance local self-government in their states.

Mayor of Lucknow, Sanyukta Bhatia, who attended the meeting, said: “Mayors across the country have called on the central government to amend the All India Municipalities Act and create a ‘municipal framework’ separate in the Indian Administrative Services (IAS)”.

“The mayors believe that the officers selected for the municipal cadre will serve in the municipality throughout their period of service. Such a pool of IAS officers would be more beneficial for the development of cities,” she said.

All the mayors have decided that they will soon meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and key ministers to press their demands, Bhatia added.

Explaining the request, Bhatia said the post of mayor was only symbolic and had no power.

“Implementing the 74th Amendment will give local agencies more rights while increasing their accountability. At present, local authorities and representatives have no rights in relation to deputies and deputies. Mayors are only symbolic. It is sometimes difficult to do the job for any mayor because he has no authority. This is why the mayor must be made responsible.

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