Local govt bodies could not hold council meet

- Post Report, RAUTAHAT

Jan 25, 2016-

 Local government bodies in Rautahat could not hold their council meeting on time because of continuous protest and banda. They were supposed to conduct the biannual council meeting by mid-January.

Candrapur Municipality was one exception among three municipalities and 84 VDCs in the district that successfully held its council meeting. VDC secretaries said they were unable to organise the council meeting for the fear that the agitating Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM) cadres would attack them.

Their inability to organise the council meeting means the concerned local government bodies will fail the Minimum Conditions Performance Measure (MCPM), a system of gauging the performance according to the set standards. Local Bodies Fiscal Commission could also block the grants to these local government bodies if they do not hold the council meeting that prepares policies for the upcoming years.

Chief and Executive Officer of Gaur Municipality Nagendra Yadav said, “We tried to conduct the council meeting several times, but could not due to threats by the agitating parties. They even padlocked the office when we tried to call a tender to purchase sanitation equipment.” Similar is the situation in Garuda Municipality. SLMM supporters have been staging demonstration there on a daily basis.

The SLMM has been protesting against the new constitution for more than five months now. Local SLMM leader Ajay Gupta said they will not let government bodies work until their demands are met.

 “It does not matter if the municipalities and VDCs cannot hold their council meeting. The government should focus on resolving the dispute concerning the entire Tarai,” he said.

Last year, 40 VDCs along with Gaur Municipality had failed the MCPM test. Around Rs10 million grants for VDCs was cut as a result. Local Development Officer Mukti Bhattarai said that the situation is most likely to repeat this year.

Published: 25-01-2016 09:38

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