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Saryu Roy meets President Ram Nath Kovind, hands letter on delay in constituting municipal body in Jamshedpur

Jamshedpur, Oct 13: Jamshedpur East MLA and former cabinet minister Saryu Roy on Wednesday met President Ram Nath Kovind and submitted a letter citing the delay in formation of a legal municipal body in Jamshedpur.

The letter cites the provision of 74th Amendment of the Constitution of India and terms the non-formation of municipal body in Jamshedpur as a deprivation of fundamental rights of the resident of the city.

“I have been trying that the Jharkhand government should constitute a lawful municipal body in Jamshedpur. In 2005, the Jharkhand government had decided to set up a municipal corporation in Jamshedpur. An Act was passed for this by the Legislative Assembly. But this decision could not be implemented. As a result, in the constitutional amendment made in 1973, despite the provision of setting up of Municipal Corporation/Industrial City for larger urban areas, it has not yet been formed here,” the letter states.

The letter also informs about section C of 243Q of the constitution regarding formation of municipality and states, “Article 243Q of the Constitution provides for the formation of a “city council” for smaller urban areas and a “nagar panchayat” for transitional areas from village to city. Before the 74th amendment of the Constitution, the municipal bodies of smaller urban areas were called “Municipality” and the municipal bodies of transitional areas were called “Notified Area Committees.”

“A time limit of one year was set for the implementation of the provisions of the 74th Amendment. Ironically, despite the passage of so many years, only the “Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee” is still functioning in Jamshedpur. Jamshedpur is a large urban area. After the 74th Constitutional Amendment, a “Municipal Corporation or Industrial City” should have been established here within a year. But instead of this, the “Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee” constituted before the amendment for the transitional urban areas is still working here,” the letter informs the President.

Saryu Roy has in the letter informed that this issue has been raised many times before the State Government, Central Government and other competent authorities in the state since the year 2005, but till now it has not been resolved as a result citizens of Jamshedpur have been deprived of the constitutional right for a long time to get normal municipal services and make their statutory contribution in the formation of a lawful municipal body.

“You (President) are the supreme custodian of the Constitution and the civil rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Therefore, it is a humble request to provide the constitutionally empowered rights to form a municipal body and to pave the way for the formation of a constitutional municipal body in Jamshedpur and give necessary instructions to the Central Government, Jharkhand Government and other competent authorities to take a decision in this direction at the earliest,” the letter requests.

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