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Know what your civic body is doing

The next time you want to know how the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been utilising your money, you won’t have to either file a query, contact your local corporator or rush to the local ward office.

mumbai Updated: Jun 18, 2011 02:10 IST
Kunal Purohit

The next time you want to know how the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been utilising your money, you won’t have to either file a query, contact your local corporator or rush to the local ward office.

All you need to do is log on to the civic body’s website and you’ll know about all major decisions and resolutions being taken, rejected, deferred, or debated in committee meetings.

In a landmark decision, the BMC has decided to upload reports of every major decision taken by the general body, standing committee, ward committees as well as by the various statutory and special committees, on its website. Any citizen can log on to www.mcgm.gov.in and can refer to any major decision taken by these committees.

Utsal Karani, secretary of the Janhit Manch, who was instrumental in the enforcing this move, said, “This will increase transparency, bring in more accountability in the system and, increase people’s participation in its functioning which will lead to better governance.”

Karani had written to BMC chief Subodh Kumar in November last year, suggesting that major resolutions and decisions be uploaded on the website.

Accordingly, in the past two weeks, the BMC uploaded resolutions and decisions taken since April. These include resolutions taken in the general body corporation meetings involving all 227 corporators, the standing committee meeting, civic improvements committee, education committee, the Tree Authority, the women & child welfare committee, the markets and garden committee, the law committee, the public health committee, the works committee (city & suburbs) and ward committees.

Additional municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta said this was part of the long-term transparency reforms initiated by the BMC. “In the first phase, we will be putting up all resolutions passed by these bodies since 2002-2003, as they are available in the electronic format. We have begun the process of converting all resolutions between 1987 and 2002 into an electronic format, which will be put up during phase two,” Gupta said.

He added, “Citizens should use this data and increase their participation in governance matters.” Standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale said, “Once these decisions are published, all committees should be open to suggestions and objections that come from citizens.”