Logistics hurdle for JMC split plan

Jaipur: After deciding to have TWO “mayors for Casterbridge” (in terms of idiomatic usage) and issuing a notification to split Jaipur Municipal Corporation to introduce two new municipal corporations… it’s now time to look into the logistics…

The picture is, however, not very rosy.

The government has not clarified about the necessary manpower needed to run (efficiently) these two power centres. Due to staff crunch, daily work has been affected for quite some time now. The taxpayers are already facing problems.

The government hasn’t revised the cadre to the municipal corporation for years. In such a situation, it is very unlikely that the public will benefit “much” with the creation of two municipal corporations.

In the last 25 years, the scope of the city and Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) has increased manifold. The municipal wards have more than doubled. Municipal wards of Jaipur will be increased more than three times in comparison to that in 2013.

The speed at which the municipal area and the number of wards have increased, the municipal staff cadre has not been jacked up. There is not enough staff in the municipal corporation for a population of more than 30 lakh. More than 1200 posts have been lying vacant in the municipal corporation.

Caveat filed: In order to avoid any issue pertaining to the selection of the Mayor indirectly in the local body elections, the state government has filed a caveat petition at the Rajasthan High Court Main Bench at Jodhpur on Saturday. The state government had announced to conduct Mayor elections indirectly on October 14. As there was a possibility of challenging this decision in the High Court, the state government filed a caveat in Rajasthan High Court in Jodhpur as a precautionary measure. Advocates informed that under Rajasthan High Court Rule 159, any type of caveat can be filed in the Rajasthan High Court. While filing the caveat, the motive of the filing party is that before passing any judgment, its side should also be heard by the Court.