Wednesday, July 05, 2017


Bangalore Mirror: Bangalore: Wednesday, July 05, 2017.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike has yet again failed to deliver on the expectations of citizens, as the cumbersome task of forming ward committees after facing the ire of the judiciary seems to have hit rough weather. Citizen action groups have deemed the whole affair a well enacted farce.
On June 29, BBMP notified the High Court of Karnataka that the work of forming ward committees had concluded in 131 wards and got a breather till July 17 to get on with work on the other 67 wards. However, Citizens for Bengaluru (CfB) has decided to file mass right to information (RTI) applications on June 14 to find out the manner in which the committees were finalised.
Srinivas Alavilli, co-coordinator, CFB, told Bangalore Mirror, “We have decided to file RTIs with the BBMP commissioner’s office and found out how the applications submitted to his office were not considered for membership in any of the 131 ward committees that have been notified till date.”
“Our aim is to educate the common masses and make them aware of the power of decentralisation and how citizens can drive change by being a part of the local government. The manner in which the current ward committees have been notified shows that politicians from the level of councillor and above are only interested in vote banks but not equal participation from citizens in the decision making process.” Not only CfB, but other associations like the Domestic Workers Rights Association, Slum Dwellers Association along with various RWAs are crying foul over the manner in which the ward committees have been selected as they comprise only of party workers, kith and kin of councillors.