<This is a post from an anonymous user who has chosen not to reveal his/her identity>
Dear Praja friends, as you already know, these are the days of advisory councils and committees. Their grip is complete, top to down, one advisory council is sitting at national level (NAC), and we also see and hear of a few at the lowest (our city government) level.
I am here to write about BBMP's technical advisory committee, mention of which I saw in today's DNA Bangalore newspaper. A column was authored by Dr Ashwin Mahesh, who has been listed as a member of "BBMP's technical advisory committee".
In the column, Dr Mahesh is critical of BBMP's Sankey Road widening project. Everyone is advised to read the column I am mentioning to confirm what I am saying here is right - Dr Mahesh, a member of BBMP's Technical Advisory Committee is strongly opposing Sankey Tank Road widening project, and also BBMP's approach to similar projects.
Now, my questions to you all, BBMP, and Dr Mahesh
Questions specific to the committee (to BBMP, and Praja friends)
- What is the role and purpose of BBMP's Technical Advisory Committee
- How many members does it have
- How many of BBMP's projects have these "members" advised on
- How much remuneration and what perks are paid to the advisers?
- Who pays this? If BBMP, then what budget does the money come from
- What are the responsibilities of the advisers on this "committee"
- Who bears accountability on quality and bias aspects of advice that the committee offers? Advisers? Or BBMP? If some advice offered is accepted and later found to be disastrous, will BBMP keep the blame, or passed to the advisers?
- If the committee members are being openly critical of some high visibility projects like Sankey Tank Road widening, why do you still have them on it?
Corresponding questions for Dr Mahesh
- Are you "inside" BBMP or "outside" BBMP?
- Is it true that most of your advice is turned down by the BBMP? That is the feeling one gets after reading your articles in newspapers etc related to local projects?
- If above is not true then are there examples of advices that you offered and BBMP did not turn down? Would you be open to sharing the "hit rate"?
- In case the hit rate is low or very low, if BBMP anyway doesn't follow your advice on contest-ably futile projects like Sankey Tank Road Widening, why are you still on this "committee"?
- What responsibilities do you carry as member of the committee? Advise on a specific number and type of projects? Attend a specified number of meetings?
My dear friends, learned sirs and madams, judging by blogs and comments here, many of you know Dr Ashwin Mahesh. Would you be able to get some answers to above. Just like you all, I also want to understand account-abilities in functioning of BBMP.
My questions are simple and genuine. I share them here anonymously so that these are not seen to be personal.
RFOB (a Real Friend of Bangalore)