More than half the city’s corporators asked less than 10 questions during civic committee meetings held between April 2010 and March 2011. In the same period, Only 26% questions pertained to issues of local concern, raised by citizens in their respective wards.
With civic elections around the corner, the performance of corporators has been analysed by NGO Praja Foundation, which has come out with a ‘report card’ on the same.
The data released by the NGO shows that 14 corporators got through meetings without asking a single question. However, on the attendance front, corporators have done fairly well, with 33% of them having attended more than 80% of the meetings. Only 7% attended less than 35% of the meetings.
While preparing the performance report, the Praja Foundation also took into consideration several factors like educational qualification, possession of PAN cards, utilisation of local area development funds. Another key aspect is public perception of the corporator’s work, which include what people think of the services provided by him/her, whether they consider the corporator corrupt, and how approachable and accesibly he/she is. More than 22,000 citizens across the city were surveyed while preparing the report card.
Based on these parameters, three corporators have emerged as top rankers: Congress Corporator Meena Desai, and BJP’s Mohan Mithbaokar and Dyanmurti Sharma. At the bottom of the list are Vijay Vashirde from Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party’s Gulshan Chauhan and Samajwadi Party’s Mohammed Shaikh.
Commenting on the ranking, Shaikh said: “I don’t accept the report. It was not made in consultation with us. I have done a lot of developmental work in ward. I don’t need to prove this to anybody. HT tried to contact Chauhan and Vashirde too, but their phones were switched off.
Praising Praja Foundation’s initiative, DM Sukhtankar, former chief secretary of state said: “It will help voters make an informed choice. They can use the information to decide who they want as their elected representative.