Monday, November 09, 2009

'BBMP works should be transparent'

'BBMP works should be transparent'
Bangalore, Nov 8, DH News Service:

Former director general of police Srikumar has suggested that Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike should list the 2,500 works planned at a cost of Rs 40,000 crore and show it in the public domain for the sake of transparency.


Addressing a gathering organised by the Citizen Action Forum on local governance here, the retired IPS officer suggested that the government should not to hold the BBMP elections for at least another three months because all the projects should be in the public domain for everyone’s view.

Srikumar said he had started the Indian Centre for Social Transformation to promote transparency in the functioning of government.

He said “As part of our committment to translate Article 51A of the Indian Constitution into action, we are launching this NGO called Center for Social Transformation. The CST is infact a forum for citizens collective actions to implement subclause (j) of Article 51A which reads: to strive towards excellence in all spheres of individual and collective activity so that the nation constantly rises to higher levels of endeavour and achievement.”

As the Director General of the Karnataka Police Housing Corporation, he said he had started working with the BBMP and had signed MoU also. Since then he was in touch with the BBMP to introduce more transparency in its functioning.

He said the Centre will help the BBMP to develop project management system and post the details in public domain. In this regard the Centre has launched a website www.indiancst.in. It will also help the public representatives.Pro vice-chancellor of Jain University Dr Sandeep Shastri said the citizens are shying away from the politics saying that it is a corrupt place but they do not take up the cause to clean it up. “The success of Indian democracy lies in local governance. There is a need to understand the role of local governance and purifying it at the base. We do not start at the base but at the top,” said Dr Shastry.

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