Siliguri, 24th May: The Trinamool-led board in the Siliguri Municipal Corporation has faced criticism for its alleged failure in providing adequate civic services to the city’s residents. In response to these concerns, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPI(M) has initiated the ‘Ganakantha’ program aimed at resolving the problems faced by the people.
Under the said program, CPI(M) leaders claim that city dwellers will have the opportunity to present their issues and concerns. These problems will then be presented to the Mayor of the SMC on behalf of the CPI(M). Councilor Munshi Nurul Islam, a prominent leader of the CPI(M), announced the launch of the programme during a press conference held at Anil Biswas Bhawan. Several other councilors from the party were also present.
The CPI(M) alleged that the existing services provided by the Municipal Corporation, such as ‘Talk to Mayor’ and ‘Manusher Kache Chalo’, have failed to bring about meaningful development. They claim that the city has remained stagnant in terms of progress since the Left era. To facilitate the process, an email address, [email protected], has been created where city residents can report their problems. Additionally, a WhatsApp service has been launched, allowing people to voice their grievances. The dedicated WhatsApp number is 8945984310.
The CPI(M) has announced that the ‘Ganakantha’ program will operate daily from 10 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 8 pm. All the compiled demands and concerns raised by the residents will be presented to the Mayor during the board meetings.
In response to the initiative, Deputy Mayor Ranjan Sarkar expressed that previous administrations were disconnected from the people. He acknowledged the need to establish communication channels through platforms like WhatsApp and email to bridge the gap between the administration and the citizens.