Bengaluru, January 12, 2016: Namma Bengaluru Foundation- Citizen Partnership (NBF-CP), a citizen and civil society led Partnership, aims to fight against the most critical issues plaguing the city. In a bid to reclaim Bengaluru and
encourage citizen partnership, the foundation in association with Uttarahalli Corporator Hanumanthaiah organized an open forum for its local residents to brainstorm over impending issues the ward faces, form a functioning
Ward Advisory Committee, and take necessary action points for ward development.
The meeting witnessed the presence of RWAs and other citizens of Uttarahalli. The meeting acted as a perfect platform which helped local citizens to address various issues the ward is confronted with as well as enabled exchange of ideas to combat them effectively.
Post the meeting, Corporator Hanumanthaiah announced the formation of a 16 member Ward Advisory Committee consisting of RWA’s, Panchayat members and women representatives who will meet every month to discuss issues faced by the ward and come up with necessary solutions. Uttarahalli currently is the first of the 198 wards to form a Ward Advisory Committee and encourage citizen-centric governance.
On 1st of October NBF-CP had launched a Citizen Charter to reclaim Bengaluru from corruption, vested interests and to ensure the recently formed BBMP to deliver on its promises to the citizens. The charter also received support and commitment from Mayor Shri B N Manjunath Reddy and MLA’s and MP’s of Bengaluru who expressed to impress upon all BBMP Corporators the responsibility – to ensure formation of Ward Committees that must include RWAs and eminent citizens, conduct monthly Ward meetings and formulate Ward Development plans.
The NBF-CP will set in place a mechanism for measuring the quality of governance (including the quality of urban service delivery, response time etc.), identify the bottlenecks and key problems afflicting Bengaluru and work towards addressing these challenges. As a continuation to the same, Namma Bengaluru Foundation will closely work with citizens and unveil Ward Developments Plans for 12 Wards in the coming months.
Commenting on the meeting with Uttarahalli Corportor, RWA’s and citizens CEO of Namma Bengaluru Foundation, Mr. Sridhar Pabbisetty said “Chronic mal-administration and mis-governance will be detrimental to the future of Bengaluru. It is therefore imperative that we citizens of various walks of life and institutions working towards a better Bengaluru collectively demand for good governance. NBF CP will strive to ensure functional ward committees and utmost transparency in awarding of contracts and their execution. These meetings with Corporators and local residents are a step directed towards addressing the urban governance deficit that curbs the progressive development of the city.”
NBF-CP intends to reach out to political leaders as well, to help expedite the delivery of the Citizen Charter and to substantiate the urgency for Corruption – free, Transparent BBMP and Citizen Centric Governance in Bengaluru.
NBF-CP action plan is
1. Ask the Chief Minister to order conducting a CAG Audit of BBMP Accounts
2. Citizen Centric Governance (inclusion of RWA’s and Citizens in decision making)
3. Ensure formation of Ward Committees that must include Resident Welfare Associations and eminent citizens of the ward as also regular functioning of the ward committees
4. Engaging 12 Wards in the Pilot (Year 1)-Ensuring Availability of Information in public domain of ward level parastatal contacts i.e. BBMP / BWSSB / BESCOM so citizens can approach for ward level problem resolution
5. Evaluate performance of MLAs and Corporators which would be conducted periodically and presented to people of Bengaluru
6. Annual State of the City Summit – based on Report Survey