This was an action packed month for us at Janaagraha!
In the recently concluded monsoon session of the Lok Sabha, Dr Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament introduced the Private Member Bill. It is very fulfilling for us to have substantively contributed to it as the principal knowledge partner. We believe that the introduction of this bill will stimulate much needed public discourse on the urgent need for empowering our city mayors and municipalities.
It is at the national conclave for the release of ASICS 2015 that Dr. Tharoor had committed to initiate this bill. The ASICS report states that having a directly elected mayor in itself will not be sufficient to solve the systemic issues that plague our cities. Our recommendations for the bill therefore included provisions for parastatals to report to the Mayor, for powers of the Mayor over the municipality’s finances and staffing, for mandatory time-bound devolution of the 18 functions listed under Schedule XII of the constitution, for constitution of Ward Committees and Area Sabhas as formal platforms of citizen participation and mandatory time-bound constitution of Metropolitan Planning Committee to be headed by the Mayor. You can read Dr Tharoor’s opinion piece here.
Also, Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS), our flagship initiative on city governance benchmarking got a shot in the arm as it was cited in the Lok Sabha in an unstarred question raised by Mr V Panneerselvam, Member of Parliament, Salem.
Swachhata app, the official mobile app of the Swachh Bharat Mission, developed by Janaagraha’s I Change My City team was launched earlier this month in New Delhi by Mr Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Urban Development.
Do read on and let us know what you think. We look forward to hearing from you.
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