The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has decided to strengthen the IT infrastructure of its Citizen Service Centres (CSCs) at all Municipal circles for issuing digitised birth and death certificates within a fortnight, said Commissioner M.T. Krishna Babu on Tuesday. “We will talk to the IT Secretary about the issue,” he said, following an overwhelming demand from corporators that CSCs continue to issue certificates at the general body meeting presided over by Mayor Mohd. Majid Hussain. The Government had earlier issued an order directing the GHMC to stop issuing certificates at CSCs as the Meesevas were equipped to issue digitised certificates from computerised records between 2006 and 2012. The Government’s intention was to disallow the issuance of certificates with ink signatures by the medical officer concerned as was being done at CSCs, explained Mr. Babu. On the delays in land acquisition for road widening works, the Commissioner said the Government’s nod was sought to give sufficient powers to the Special Commissioner akin to those of a District Collector.
Corporators – Singireddy Srinivas Reddy (TD), Mirza Mustafa Baig (MIM), Diddi Rambabu (Congress) – and many others were critical of the ‘slow pace’ of remodelling of drains. The Commissioner pointed out that of the Rs. 266 crore granted under JNNURM six years ago, Rs. 88 crore was spent on various stretches, and that there was progress wherever there was cooperation from public representatives. Interference by local leaders and contractors’ refusal to take up works are causing hindrance, he said.