10 civic committees have not held meetings since 2011
Corporators in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) seem to be in no mood to debate on crucial civic issues and draft policies to address them.mumbai Updated: Nov 24, 2014 00:52 IST
Corporators in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) seem to be in no mood to debate on crucial civic issues and draft policies to address them.
Ten of the 11 civic consultative committees in the BMC have not held a single meeting since June 2013, when the corporators elected in February 2012 were inducted into the committees. What’s more, the batch of corporators who preceded them in these committees did not conduct any meetings since 2011. The eleventh committee – the grant-in-aid committee – held its first meeting on Thursday.
The BMC has 11 consultative committees, formed to guide the bureaucratic wing of the BMC on civic subjects. “We will soon schedule a meeting of the ward committees’ redressal and coordination committee. These committees were formed with the aim of bringing in a bottom-up approach in the city’s planning, wherein corporators can suggest policies on different issues to the administrative wing,” said a senior official from the municipal secretary’s office.
“Not all issues can be discussed in the general body meeting or the standing committee. A group of corporators are, therefore, designated to study a given issue in depth and suggest policies that are required. It is very important that micro-level issues of the city are studied by these committees,” said Milind Mhaske, project director, Praja Foundation, an NGO.
A report released by the Praja Foundation in March last year revealed how only 20.8% of questions asked by corporators in the general body meetings reflected complaints lodged by citizens. “These consultative committees are at the core of democracy. It is sad that the corporators do not appreciate their powers,” said Mhaske.
Former mayor Sunil Prabhu said, “I had scheduled the election to these committees two to three times in the general body meetings. But many opposition parties had not sent names of the corporators to be nominated on these committees,” said Prabhu.