All Urban Local Bodies and City Corporations to have enforcement cells

26 September 2009

All ULBs (Urban Local Bodies) and City Corporations will soon have enforcement cells, according to the Karnataka state minister for law, justice and urban development Mr. Suresh Kumar. He was speaking to the press on the sidelines a programme held in the city by the BJP Yuva Morcha on Friday.

Mr. Kumar said that the cell will be developed on lines of the one that is already functioning in BBMP in Bangalore. It will be headed by a police official of the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police. This cell will oversee the violation of the corporation rules and statutes. He said the government was receiving many complaints from the people about non implementation of works and violation of rules by the people as well as the officials. There was a need for such cell he added.

The state government was also keen on introducing the Akrama Sakrama scheme to all cities and towns in the state. A committee under the leadership of Transport Minister Mr. R. Ashok has been constituted to go into the details of making this universal.

Mr. Suresh Kumar said the government was certain that heavy penalties and punishments will be imposed on those people who violate the building rules and urban development norms. He said he has already instructed the officials in the Mangalore City Corporation to take stern action against owners of 35 buildings for violating building laws. Some of them have brought stay orders against the violation and few more have applied for Akrama Sakrama scheme. In many cases Akrama Sakrama scheme will not apply he added. He also hinted at launching Akrama Sakrama in all City Corporation limits in the state following appeals from the people and their representatives.

He said the common cadre recruitment will improve governance of ULBs and the government was studying the possibility of making Common Cadre recruitment as a standard practice

Mr. Suresh Kumar said, the government was keen on introducing the Common Cadre Recruitment in the state. It was not presently practiced in the state, as a result the government was not able to transfer officials from one ULB to another or one City Corporation to another which has resulted inability to move expertise and Human Resources from one place to another. As a result the development of urban areas were restricted to few cities and towns in the state.

He said it was also possible through the Common Cadre Recruitment procedure to minimise corruption as the officials can be transferred anywhere within the state. Mr. Suresh Kumar said the government was looking into law implications of launching the Common Cadre Recruitment procedure in the entire state uniformly.



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