To draw up a common citizen charter for the MCD elections, residents welfare associations (RWAs) across the Capital are planning to meet at India Gate next week.
The RWAs wish to set a common agenda, which they want political parties to include in their manifestos.
“We have created a roadmap for the MCD elections. Political parties see RWAs as their vote banks. So, before they go to polls we want them to include our demands in their manifestos so they become more accountable once they come to power,” said Rajeev Kakaria of Greater Kailash II RWA.
RWAs want the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to take their inputs before coming out with an annual budget."Funds are spent on the wrong projects because RWAs are not consulted. Tiles are laid where they are not needed and issues such as no street lights and sanitation remain unattended. We want a greater say in the system," said Pankaj Agarwal of the Joint Delhi RWA front, an umbrella body of 300 RWAs.
RWAs are also seeking participation in the process of planning the development work in their area. “The ground level problem is the sub-standard planning of development works in the area. More attention is paid to making ornamental changes. Local councillors should not splurge funds,” Agarwal added.
A meeting has been organised at India Gate on March 25 to get RWAs on a common platform. “We have a three-pronged approach for the polls. First, we have to increase the voter turnout. Second, we have to sensitise citizens to vote for the right candidates and third is to get major political parties to agree to our demands,” Kakaria added.
Representatives of several RWAs will also meet state unit presidents of BJP and Congress. “Our previous experience with our candidate hasn’t been very good. So, being an RWA it is our duty to make our people more aware and get them to polling stations,” said Rakesh Sehgal of Mayur Vihar phase II RWA.
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