Policy Scan September 2016admin
Private member Bill to empower Mayors introduced
Dr. Tharoor announced his intention to introduce the bill at our annual conclave held in March this year. Janaagraha worked closely with Dr Tharoor’s office for the introduction of provisions that mandate directly elected mayors with a five year term. We also recommended provisions to augment the financial, functional and staffing powers of Mayors, besides strengthening the city council and the municipality. See our recommendations here To access the Bill as introduced, click here
Unstarred Question on ASICS in Lok Sabha
Shri. V Panneer Selvam, Hon’ble MP representing the Salem constituency in Tamil Nadu raised an Unstarred Question to the Ministry of Urban Development on the findings of Janaagraha’s Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems. The Question requested information on the reasons for low scores of Indian cities in the ASICS survey and details of steps being taken by the government to improve facilities in cities to bring them at par with other global cities. To view the Unstarred Question, click here
Janaagraha’s Swachhata App launched
The Union Minister for Urban Development Mr Venkaiah Naidu launched the Swachhata App at an event in Delhi earlier this month. The App was developed by Janaagraha’s I Change My City team for the Swachh Bharat Mission as part of a MoU with the Ministry of Urban Development. The App allows citizens to share grievances related to garbage and sanitation in over 4000 cities. The App automatically assigns the grievance to the concerned municipal authority and will update the complainant with action taken by the respective authority.
For the press release click here
Participatory Budgeting takes root in Bengaluru
Janaagraha’s participatory budgeting initiative My City My Budget (MCMB) has been gaining steady momentum over the last few months. MCMB’s Ward Sabhas provide a platform for meaningful interaction between citizens, elected representatives and civic officials based on data. In the last few months over 478 civic projects and 86.97 crore budget amount were discussed at these Ward Sabhas.
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