HYDERABAD: It is expected that the Cantonment Bill, 2020, would come into force from March next year, once it is passed by Parliament, and the residents of the Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB), are eagerly looking forward to its implementation.
“The Bill gives more power to the vice-president of the board, who is elected directly by the people. Unlike previous terms, where the vice president was elected by the ward members,” J. Rama Krishna, former vice-president of the board, told this newspaper.
As per the Bill, “In every board, there shall be a vice-president elected directly by all the electors in the cantonment in accordance with such procedure as the Central government may, by rules, prescribe.”
That is not all, the vice-president will have the power to preside over meetings of the board and when so, to exercise the authority of the president.
“Also, in the absence of the president, the new rules say that the vice-president would be empowered to perform any other duty and exercise any other power of the president also he would be able to perform any duty of the president which may be delegated to him,” said Sanjay Vashist, a resident of West Marredpally.