91% Councillors asked less than 10 questions, renaming roads prioritized concerns
Geetanjali Minhas | April 21, 2016 | Mumbai
Praja Foundation’s report on ward committees and civic problems in Mumbai once again points to the deteriorating performance of the country’s richest municipal corporation. Findings show poor redressal of citizen’s complaints again proving the inefficiency and laxity of the municipality when it comes to citizen services.
The average attendance in ward committees was a mere 21%. Ninety one percent of all councillors, on an average, have asked less than 10 questions in ward committee meetings in the last four years.
Councillors like Jyotsna Parmar, Ujjwala Modak have not asked even a single question. Against five top complaints relating to issues like roads, drainage, solid waste management, water supply and licensing, the priority of the councillors was in asking questions relating to ‘renaming of roads’. As many as 161 such questions were asked in 2015 and 109 such questions were asked in 2014.
Further, the survey reveals that that the pending questions have increased by approximately 5 times in the last 4 years (2012-2015).
While the citizens’ charter stipulates 3 days to address complaints, it took an average of 13 days to address complaints.
“Deonar dump fire incidents directly lead to questions on the sorry state of civic services in the city. Why does Mumbai still not have a waste segregation system in place? Why do incidents like Deonar happen in the first place? Despite enough financial resources we lack a proactive administration” said Praja founder trustee Nitai Mehta.
Six councillors: Ameet Satam, Manisha Chaudahry, Selvan R Tamil,Rahul Shevale, Sunil Prabhu and Ashok Patil are holding two offices after becoming MLA/MP out of which 5 are MLA’s and 1 is an MP.
“The Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1888 needs to be modified so that a person can hold only one elected office. Every elected representative in the city represents approximately eighty thousand people on an average. The responsibility of this elected representative is then to represent her or his ward problems and citizen grievances in the ward committee meeting” say the findings.
“MCGM in November 2015 terminated its online portal that allowed citizens to report complaints regarding potholes on roads directly and was about to replace it with an in-house software. However, it now aims to create a Facebook page for citizens to report complaints related to roads. The focus of the administration should have been on centring the already established Central Complaint Registration System (CCRS) through hotline (1916), walk-ins, and online portal alongside social media” Mehta added.
Yield gaps in wheat production in India can be countered with an earlier sowing date, says a University of Michigan researcher. Using a new way to measure wheat yields, Meha Jain, assistant professor at the U-M School for Environment and Sustainability, found that the wheat yie
Kharpariya village, about 50 km from the headquarters town of Madhya Pradesh’s Mandla district, is like many villages in the region, home to the Baiga, deemed a particularly vulnerable tribal group (PVTG) for whom permanent contraception methods are banned to prevent extinction. However, care for p
Somabhai Modi says he remembers only one occasion when he offered his younger brother prime minister Narendra Modi advice regarding work. This, he says, was when Modi was chief minister of Gujarat. After one of his weekly grievance redressal sessions, the then chief minister had enquired after the well-b
Should ration cards not linked to Aadhaar be rendered ineligible?
INS Kiltan, the third anti-submarine warfare (ASW) stealth corvette built under project 28 (Kamorta class), was commissioned into the Indian Navy by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the naval dockyard in Visakhapatnam. The anti-submarine warfare stealth corvet
Maharatna enterprise, Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) has supplied defence grade micro-alloyed grade of steel (DMR 249A) steel plates for the indigenously built anti-submarine warfare (ASW) stealth corvette INS-Kiltan commissioned into Indian Navy. SAIL’s integ