Officials not taking my calls: East mayor

Annapurna Mishra, Mayor of East Delhi, is facing a unique problem while dealing with the bureaucracy. Officers are refusing to pick up their mobile phones. Aggrieved, the mayor has sent a letter to S S Yadav, Commissioner, asking him to look into the matter.

'The officers of the corporation do not respond to my call. They have been allotted official mobile phones and must call back if they are unable to pick up my call,' said Mishra. After around three weeks since she became the mayor, people are knocking her doors with their complains. 'I have to call the officers several times to address the grievances of people, but non-response by them hinder the official work,' added Mayor. The corporation is now being run from three floors of five-storey DSIIDC building in Patarpagung and almost all the officers of EDMC have resumed their offices there.

In the same letter to commissioner, the mayor has summoned the list of all charge-sheeted officers allotted to East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) within seven days. Mayor also directed the commissioner not to give postings to 'tainted' officials. 'This is an effort to bring transparency and make officials more responsible,'said the mayor.

Meanwhile, the corporation, has launched a major drive to rein in illegal dairies in the city and confiscate roaming animals on roads. Nine buffaloes were caught in the north Shahdara region. The agitated dairy owners pelted stones on EDMC crew and police injuring around half a dozen personnel. The injured were admitted to nearby GTB Hospital and a police complaint against the accused were registered.
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