SMC Mayor Seeks Removal Of Joint Commissioner Planning

Srinagar Mayor Junaid Azim Mattoo – File Pic

Srinagar: In a letter to Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) on Saturday, Mayor Srinagar city Junaid Azim Matto along with 61 Corporators sought removal of Joint Commissioner (Planning) Ghulam Hassan Mir and his repatriation to Housing and Urban Development Department (HUDD) after Commissioner of the corporation formed a committee headed by the Joint Commissioner planning for illegal encroachments and unauthorised constructions in the city.

“The letter enclosed by a representation signed by 61 Corporators of SMC- constituting 3/4th majority, has sought enacting of Section 46 (2) and 50 (b) of J&K Municipal Corporation Act 2000, which deal with appointment of Joint Commissioners and functions of the commissioner respectively,” reads the letter.

“The approval of the Corporation for the appointment of Ghulam Hassan Mir, Joint Commissioner (Planning) is hereby rejected by the Corporation under section 46 (2) of the J&K Municipal Corporation Act 2000” reads the letter,” the letter reads.

It further reads, “The Corporation has sought appointment of a new Joint Commissioner Planning and requested Commissioner SMC to immediately relieve the Ghulam Hassan of his charge as Joint Commissioner and forward this letter to Principal Secretary HUDD for repatriation of the said officer in his parent department and the posting of new a new joint Commissioner (planning) to SMC.”

Considering the legality of the issue, the officer shouldn’t dispense any official duties, nor sign any official documents in the meantime till the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUDD) takes cognisance of the enactment of these statutory provisions, the letter added.

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