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Civic body to issue identity cards to ALM members

Starting next month, members of advanced locality managements (ALMs) in the city will wear their membership as a badge of pride.

mumbai Updated: Jul 23, 2012 00:55 IST
Kunal Purohit

Starting next month, members of advanced locality managements (ALMs) in the city will wear their membership as a badge of pride.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has granted approval to issuing identity cards to two members of each registered ALM in the city. This is the first real step taken by the civic body to grant any recognition to these ALMs, many of which are actively working to ease civic woes in various parts of the city.

These identity cards will be distributed by August, said civic officials. ALM members have been demanding identity cards from the BMC to ensure that their activism is more effective. In April this year, the civic body brought out a manual that listed the responsibilities of these groups as well as spoke of providing members with cards.

With the help of these cards, ALM members can now assert themselves more strongly while tackling civic issues such as removal of hawkers and encroachment, segregation of garbage, cleanliness and beautification.

Civic officials said members could now wield the card in case they encounter any illegalities.

Mohan Adtani, additional municipal commissioner, said, “Identity cards will be a mark of recognition for ALM members. We believe that flashing these cards when they encounter an illegal hawker or any other civic issue will give them more credibility and assertiveness.”

A civic official from the solid waste management department said, “We are, in a way, building a volunteer base of nearly 1,500 people in the city. We can use them to spread awareness every time we launch a special drive, be it against malaria or plastic.”

Adtani added, “Once we have distributed these identity cards, we can ask these members to accompany us while we take action on their complaints, be it removal of hawkers or cleaning up choked drains. This will ensure that citizens’ confidence in our functioning also increases.”