How interesting to see different media houses use varying headlines to describe one same PriceWaterhouseCooper (PWC) survey on Bangalore city and governance.
- "We're to blame for city's woes" says Times of India Bangalore
- "Bangaloreans rue city governance" goes NDTV
- "B'lore citizens seek better urban governance" went the source at PTI
Here are some interesting notings from this PWC survey:
- Nearly 70% of citizens felt system to ensure accountability were inadequate.
How exactly would any system of accountability work if citizens themselves opt to keep out of it?
- Nearly 61% felt that ward level information on projects, including finances, were not accessible.
- 65% endorsed the need for citizen participation in preparation of ward-level plan
So 39% of folks felt that such information was accessible at ward-level! And 35% people dont feel the need for "participation". Those are big numbers, unless the sample size was too small.
- Half the respondents were satisfied with the quality of infrastructure projects executed
Sounds reasonable. Once the projects get completed, I can see some folks agree that those flyovers and ring roads are of acceptable quality.
- 56% were willing to pay higher usage charges for higher levels of services
More Volvo buses anyone? Higher tariffs for uninterrupted electricity? And more things like that?
- More people from lower income groups intend to vote in the next municipal elections compared to higher income groups
That isn't news, we knew that, didn't we!?