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Jairaj: was he good?

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Recently, I heard someone say, "Oh no, they transferred K Jairaj". Somewhere else, "good riddance" was the call.

Well, though it was nice to see some folks care about ongoings at BBMP, when it comes to passing judgment on how good or bad Mr Jairaj was during his 14 months in the office, how can you or I do that?

Really, first tell me how much you know about responsibilities of the BBMP commissioner? Next, tell me if there is a way, a benchmark like thing to measure his performance? Who exactly runs and manages our city? Local MLAs? North/south Bangalore MPs? BBMP or BDA - they both seem to build roads and flyovers? State Urban Development Minister? Or HDK himself, doesn't he announce and inaugurate every significant city project? And finally, what role does the Mayor of our city play?

The very few - those journalists or NGO-champion types - may know all this well. But for most of us, its like a little puzzle. How does an ordinary citizen of Bangalore know who to blame or praise for the goods and bads of our city? Well he can't. You and me just don't know enough to pass judgments like that.

Agree?

[Note: Photo sourced from The Hindu website]

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tsubba's picture

people know.

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people know people who make a difference P. HD's fav commisioner is apparently set to be transferred and yet again the people are moving to retain him. It might not be correct to compare him with Jairaj, but Jairaj had bigger problems, bigger media and he could have a bigger impact. Notice almost all through his tenure he was working alone, nobody to bother him.
tsubba's picture

so any idea why he was

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so any idea why he was shunted out? an artefact of the imminent transfer of power?
silkboard's picture

no idea tarle

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Some guys also suspect that he may have wanted out himself. On your earlier note, it is not that easy for people to know guys who make the difference. People's impressions are formed more by media than actual awareness and interest in workings of urban bodies or ministries. Not an example from Bangalore but take Maran for example.

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