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Model Citizen Consultation Process

Governance

Below are the extracts from a brochure circulated by Ipsos MORI, a leading UK research company, on behalf of the National Health Scheme of North West London, seeking the citizen's views on the proposed service changes.

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speak out against Talibanisation

Jnanpith laureate U R Ananthamurthy says we must speak out against any attempt to Talibanize India. That is a responsibility we must not fear to wield.

For the full report in the ToI. click here.

Traffic Police owns up responsibility for enforcing Number Plate rules

Enforcement

With the traffic police looking at enforcement of Sec 49 of Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 (under Motor Vehicles Act, 1988), pertaining to 'defective number plates' (the biggest issue here of course pertaining to the Kannada number plates - very few people want to identify it as such, since it is supposed to be a 'sensitive'

GoK to implement report on land grabbing

The Jagadish Shettar government is considering a proposal to revive the AT Ramaswamy committee report on encroachment of government land in Bangalore. The committee had unearthed over 40,000 acres of land worth Rs 50,000 crore encroached in and around Bangalore.

Time for deeper judicial reforms - Dr J P

Text of the letter addressed by Dr Jayaprakash Narayan, Gen Sec, Foundation for Democratic Reforms (FDR), to Dr Manmohan Singh.

Esteemed Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh ji,

Scrap the BDA!

Urban Development

Apparently, Dr Ashwin Mahesh had posted an article titled "Scrap the BDA" on 'facebook', which a certain Mr Vishy Kuruganti chose to publish on his blog 'techsangam' (accessible here).

Undermining the Commissioner's authority

Governance

It seems like there is no value for the BBMP Commissioner M K Shankaralinge Gowda’s orders. Eight of the 15 officials, who were transferred by him from the civic body’s Town Planning Department to other departments 10 days ago, are back in the same department using ‘political influence’.

Right to sack a recalcitrant worker

The brutal attacks on senior managers of Maruti-Suzuki's Manesar unit, leaving one of them dead and several others seriously injured, has again brought to the fore the matter of labour law reforms.

Can Sheila Dikshit make a success of water supply outsourcing?

Spurred by the success of power distribution privatisation in Delhi (check this), the Sheila Dikshit government is looking seriously at privatisation of water distribution also.

Want solutions to civic issues? No dearth of routes to finding them, now.

Praja related

On a single day, you have announcements of the commencements of two more "grievance redressal platforms" - one by 'Janaagraha', called "ichangemycity.com" (read the New Indian Express report on it here), and BMTF (Banga

Income certificate for BPL families

Governance

Thousands of people thronged to Yelahanka tahsildar’s office on Thursday demanding income certificates to get below poverty line (BPL) cards. However, they lost their temper when they found that there was only one counter to issue the certificates.

BWSSB valveman and ways to tackle him

The following are the comments on the subject by OneBeangaluru google-group members. I thought Prajagalu may want to contribute to the deabate and hence this blog.

Opening comment by Purushoth:

Mysore bank junction sky-walk with lift facility

Pedestrian Infrastructure

The skywalk operators offer lift facility between 8 am and 8 pm everyday and the lift has a capacity of 1,000 kg. It can lift 13 people at once and during power cuts too, the lifts are operational using generators.

BATPIC network launched

BATPIC (Bangalore Road Widening and Other Urban Transport Projects Impacted Communities Unite) Network launched with the objective of pursuing urban transport projects that are socially just, economically viable, environmentally friendly and long lasting solutions

Summary of the joint statement:

Cyclist officials of Mysore city

The CM's brief tour of the city on Monday affected the top officials' plans to cycle to work. But DC P S Vastrad, who has initiated it, managed to pedal to work even as he managed to adhere to protocol requiring him to tail the CM traveling in his official car.

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