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19-25 December 2014

RNI No. HARENG/2011/39319, Postal Regn. No. GRG/35/2012-2014

Vol. 4 No. 18  Pages 16  ` 10

The Mayoral Council

{ Abhishek Behl / FG }

Gurgaon Senior Deputy Mayor, Yashpal Batra says that time has come for the MCG to be duly empowered and fundhe constant battle for ed for the benefit of the entire supremacy between the elected Councillors and City. More importantly, Batra the bureaucrat-heavy MCG says, the elected Councillors has vitiated the functioning should also be able to influence of the Municipal Corporation local development priorities, of Gurgaon (MCG), which and a fund should be allocated Parminder Kataria Nisha Singh Seema Pahuja Lakhpat Kataria was expected to carry the Yashpal Batra to them on the lines of MPLAD major responsibility for the (for MPs), for their respective development and maintenance authority rests with the care of builders), the wards. The Councillors currently act of the City’s civic amenities and MCG Commissioner, who Councillors are hoping more like watch and ward staff, making the delivery of civic services. The reports to and is beholden for positive change from a recommendations to the local JE, who multiplicity of government agencies, to his own bureaucratic responsive BJP govt. that makes estimates of the civil work at his the presence of many private builder seniors or the political is powered by four MLAs own sweet will, as part of a long, tardy areas, and the limited jurisdiction masters in Chandigarh. from Gurgaon district. process. Further, many big ticket imporof MCG, have further eroded its After being totally ignored They believe that now MCG tant projects - such as the construction of effectiveness. For the Councillors, the by the previous regime Gurgaon (and Councillors) flyovers, underpasses and parking lots major lacunae in the functioning of (partly because the Mayor and many will be better empowered, that HUDA - that were planned by MCG, have been this urban local body is that, despite Councillors were supported by sectors (along with relevant assets stalled because the proposals keep hangthem being elected representatives, Gurgaon MP and Hooda's bête noire and employees) will be transferred to ing fire in Chandigarh. A majority of the they have no say (let alone power) on Rao Inderjit Singh, and of course also the Corporation, and that MCG will MCG Councillors are now hoping that how funds and powers will be used because all that allegedly mattered become the premier agency in this Contd. on p 4  for the benefit of their wards; sole was how the Administration took financial capital of Haryana. write to us at letters@fridaygurgaon

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Conquering Paraplegia { Barnali Dutta/FG }

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t is clearly a case of ‘mind over matter’ – a remarkable story of personal tragedy, determination, courage and self-discovery in the face of deep adversity. That has been the world of Deepa Malik. At age seven she developed a spinal cyst, which left her immobile for months. Surgery helped, and many moons later she bounced back to normalcy. But fate had other plans. Just after she stepped into her twenties, by then happily married, Deepa was struck down by a recurring spinal problem - this time with dire consequences. In 1999, when her husband, Colonel Bikram Singh Malik, was posted in Kargil during the conflict, Deepa was facing her own test. The doctors had categorically told Deepa that removing the tumour from her spinal cord would break the connection between the brain and body,

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chest down. When she got this news, there was no family elder to share it with – her husband was in Kargil, her father was in Johannesburg and her brother was on deputation in Ooty. Though anxiety was gnawing away at her, she was sure that she had to undergo surgery. But alas, the eighteen-hour surgery came to naught. Deepa was paralysed chest down… never to walk again. However, undeterred by life’s cruel blow, Deepa decided to live life on her terms. Her acceptance that she was a paraplegic and would remain so for the rest of her life, was the first step towards the greatness that she subsequently achieved as a top sportsperson in her own right. That the Government of India was to later acknowledge her amazing feats with the Arjuna Award, the country’s highest recognition for any sportsperson, hardly appears surprising. Contd. on p 7

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