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As we enter the last lap of the 2012 BMC elections, the poll turf is buzzing with activity. Political parties are declaring the list of candidates, incumbents are either sulking or rejoicing, preparations for canvassing are going on in full swing, strategies are being decided behind closed doors or open forums, and media too is stirring the pot with great vigour and vigilance.
In the ensuing melee, we at Praja decided to prioritise the top few issues that the citizen of Mumbai have been complaining about. Based on complaints filed with the BMC over the past 3 years in each ward, we have listed down three top issues in civic, health and education segments. For good measure, we also took into consideration the results of the perception survey we conducted during May last year against a sample of over 28,707 citizen of Mumbai.
This paper is not meant to be an indictment of the past performances. It should actually be taken as the
agenda for the next lot of councillors who will be elected by the citizen. Facts are simple. Each ward has
three top issues that its citizens have been complaining about. The onus on tackling these issues rests
clearly on the next lot of elected representatives’.
Which brings us back to the crux of a democratic process: What exactly is the role of the elected
representatives? Over the years, Praja has discovered that our elected representatives do not even attend meetings at the BMC. Worse, both the quality and quantity of the questions asked by our elected
representatives in the BMC committee meetings leave a lot be desired.
Our elected representatives need to understand that their role in the BMC is to ensure that the BMC
administration addresses the grievances. This can only happen if they are armed with data, if they attend the meetings and if they ask the right probing questions. They need to be the sentinels of BMC machinery who execute the work.
Let’s hope the newly elected representatives of the BMC keep these agenda in mind during their five year term. And may the best candidate win.