standing-comm-3NMMC general body meetings are a disappointment for any concerned citizens but in comparison the very corporations standing committee meetings come as a complete surprise. If delays, absent-ism, irrelevant discussions and wastage of time describes the general body meetings, then healthy debates, progressive decisions and discipline marks the standing committee meet. NMTV Managing Editor Zeba Warsia attended standing committee meet for two consecutive weeks and reports that much credit for the quality of standing committee meetings goes to its Chairman Sandeep Naik. If the general body meetings at NMMC have gone from bad to worse in the last three months, the Standing Committee meets are setting all the right examples. Consider this: STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING OCTOBER 16, 2008 The clock at NMMC has ticked 11 – its time for the standing committee meeting to begin. After the disappointing conduct of corporators at the general body meeting, it comes as a surprise that members of the standing committee report on time and within a few minutes – Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik commences the meeting. STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING OCTOBER 23, 2008 Even the consecutive week, things aren’t any different. Members of the standing committee once again report on time and within a few minutes – Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik arrives and the meeting commences. This is a peek of how disciplined NMMC Standing Committee meetings are. No delays, no pointless debates, no wastage of time, no disproportionate time on proposals and no irrelevant talks. On the contrary healthy debates, progressive discussions on public issues and discipline make Standing Committee meetings every bit of the quality that one expects from meetings conducted for welfare of the citizens of the city. Significant suggestions and meaningful objections are welcomed to better any public issue – without any bias of it coming from the ruling party or the opposition members. No points for guessing, that the fair and dynamic attitude of Sandeep Naik in standing committee meets gives neither ruling nor opposition members any chance to complain. On the contrary all of them are unanimous on their opinion that Sandeep Naik is to be credited for the disciplined and progressive functioning of Standing Committee meets. The constructive balance that Sandeep Naik has achieved between the ruling and opposition in the Standing Committee meets rises above Navi Mumbai – for even neighboring civic bodies like the TMC’s Standing Committee meets are often marred with delays and wastage of time. As far as the NMMC General Body meetings are concerned, the Mayor and corporators of the general body do not have to go far away to learn how quality debates on any subject of public interest happen – they can take a few lessons from Sandeep Naik’s standing committee meetings. Beyond any doubts, Sandeep Naik has successfully made NMMC Standing Committee meetings all about the people, for the people and by the people. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.


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