Following is the text of the letter received from Smt Kathyayini Chamaraj, Executive Trustee, CIVIC Bangalore, following the recent finalisation of the updated Ward Committee rules:
Please find attached (click here to read) the latest and final Ward Committee Rules pulished on 22.6.16. With this, all of you can start demanding that BBMP constitute the ward committees for each ward with a total of ten members with 3 women, 2 SC/ST members, 2 local associations and any three other members. Please make sure the Committees meet every month and put up the minutes and resolutions in the ward office. The Ward Committee meetings are open to the public and RWA members should make it a point to attend them. You can only observe the meetings but cannot intervene. Your grievances can be submitted to the Councillor one week before the meeting. You can videograph the meetings. The Secretary of the Ward Committee has to provide an Action Taken Report next month on resolutions of previous meetings. This is the best opportunity to make your councillor and officials accountable to the community they are supposed to seerve. Please make use of the opportunity.
With best regards,
#6 Kasturi Apts.
35/23 Langford Road Cross
As stated in the letter, the citizens can now hope for a larger say in the goings on in their wards, if they put to use the new provisions, than has been the case so far, leading to every kind of "akrama" being thrust on them.
Hope this leads to deepening our democratic processes.