The civic body’s first ever citizen-friendly initiative set up for, by and of the citizens- Advanced Locality Management (ALM) movement- is bearing the brunt of an administrative crisis: drafted policies waiting to be approved and poor implementation.
Three months after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) solid waste management department published 2,000 copies of manuals to be distributed to all ALMs, several members across wards are still awaiting their copies. Other assurances including special identity cards for the chairman and secretary of every ALM, appointment of a coordinator and regular meetings with the assistant commissioner across all wards, are yet to be implemented.
“Every time we approach the ward officer for a copy of the manual, he refuses, stating that the copies have not reached the ward yet,” said Nilesh Patil from a Bhandup-based ALM. “We have not had ALM meetings at the ward level for months.”
Amidst this disorder, the civic body has recently tied up with Hyderabad-based Administrative Staff College of India, to prepare a report on building the capacity of the city’s ALMs. The report with suggestions and strategies to combat the lapses is to be presented to municipal authorities by September.
“Even though there are 786 ALMs registered on paper, barely 50 are actually active,” said Seema Redkar, ALM officer on special duty, BMC.
Additional municipal commissioner Mohan Adtani claimed that he was not aware of the delay in the dispatch and distribution of manuals. “It has been more than three months since we printed manuals and pamphlets for distribution. I will ask the concerned officials to immediately recognise the wards and identify the reasons for delay,” said Adtani.