CIVIC-ESG: Consultation On Ward Committee & Area Sabha Rules
published in the gazette on 11th Jan 2013 and to be finalized soon in compliance with the directions of the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka
15 June 2013 ;
Time: 3.00 pm to 5.30 pm ;
Venue: Student Christian Movement of India (SCM) House 29, 2nd Cross, CSI Compound, Off Mission Road, Bangalore 560027
Workshop invite and concept note
CIVIC & ESG
take great pleasure in inviting you to a consultation with civil society organizations, officials, elected representatives and ward committee members on:
“Draft Ward Committee & Area Sabha Rules”
published in the gazette on 11th Jan 2013 and to be finalized soon
in compliance with directions of the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka
Date: Saturday, 15th June 2013
Time: 3.00 PM to 5.30 PM
Venue: Student Christian Movement of India (SCM) House
29, 2nd Cross, CSI Compound, Off Mission Road,
(Opposite Mitralaya School behind Corporation Bank)
Bangalore 560027, Tel: 080 2222 3761
(Registration opens: 3 pm)
firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.civicspace.in
Environment Support Group – Trust
Environmental Social Governance Justice Initiatives
1572, 36th Cross, 100 Feet Ring Road, Banashankari II Stage,Bangalore 560070,
Tel: 91-80-26713559-3561,Voice/Fax: 91-80-26713316,Email: email@example.com, Web: www.esgindia.org
More than 20 years after the passage of the 74th Constitutional Amendment, its implementation in its true spirit still has a long way to go. The ward committees, that were set up in 1999 and 2003 to bring in proximity, transparency, accountability and people’s participation at urban grassroots level failed to achieve these objectives, given their weak democratic basis and lack of funds and powers to perform the functions assigned to them.
The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) made it a mandatory conditionality on the City to implement the 74th Constitutional Amendment in all its aspects. It also enjoined the passage of a Community Participation Law that goes even beyond the ward level and provides opportunities for the organization and participation of people at the neighbourhood (Area Sabha) level. The Karnataka Government passed the Karnataka Municipal Corporations (Amendment) Act, 2011, better known as the Community Participation Law in January 2011 to fulfill the JNNURM conditionalities but failed to frame the Rules to implement the same.
The Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka, as in the case of Environment Support Group and ors. vs. State of Karnataka and ors. (WP No. 46523/2012 c/w WP 24739/2012), directed the BBMP to form the Ward Committees as per the KMC (Amdt.) Act of Jan 2011. The BBMP submitted the names of 10 ward committee members, nominated by the municipal councilors, for most of the wards of Bangalore. However the ward committees could not meet regularly in the absence of Rules for their functioning. BBMP then framed the draft Rules for the setting up and functioning of Ward Committees and Area Sabhas in Bangalore which were gazetted on 11th January 2013 and which called for objections and suggestions within 15 days.
You will recall that ESG, CIVIC and other civil society organizations had organized a consultation on 16th January 2013 to come up with suggestions for the Rules which were subsequently given by civil society organizations to the Commissioner, BBMP, at a meeting called by him. This consultation is in the context of the proposed new Rules being finalized once the BBMP Council discusses these and sends its comments to the Government.
Various versions of the Community Participation Law have been developed across the country, such as the one by Parivartan of New Delhi, in an attempt to delineate a structure and process for people’s participation at urban grassroots level, with elements of direct democracy. There have been many suggestions for deepening participatory urban governance in Bangalore. But there has not been enough public debate and consultation on any of these or on an ideal framework for bringing in genuine urban local self-governance. The current consultation is an attempt to facilitate such wider debate by bringing elected representatives of Bangalore, concerned officials, civil society organizations working on these issues, urban researchers, etc. on a common platform in an effort to shape the civil society debate and also to engage with key policy-making institutions and actors in shaping the Rules for institutionalising Community Participation in Bangalore’s governance.
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