Mangaluru: Ward committee members’ list to be announced soon | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) is likely to announce the ward committee members’ list before the end of February, said MCC commissioner Akshy Sridhar.
Speaking at Janaagraha’s ninth City Politics Webinar—‘Citizens and Politicians join hands for Ward Committees in Mangaluru’, Sridhar said the scrutiny of nodal officers for the wards has been completed, and they will be announced in a day or two.
“After scrutiny by senior officers, the list of ward committee members will be released, and objections from citizens will be invited, after which the ward committee members list can be finalised,” he said.
The city corporation can reject applications that have inaccurate or false information, he said. However, choosing one citizen over another, on the basis of merit, could be challenging, even for the nodal officers. There is no clear criterion on selection in such cases. Hence, in the objections, citizens can submit their suggestions, if someone has higher merit, or if a person selected lacks the necessary merit, he said.
To a query if the ward committees will start functioning from March, the commissioner said multiple facets need to be considered. “I would prefer taking on the process slowly, so that it will be impactful. There is a need to understand the process and multiple rounds of capacity training is required at all levels. We have seen it only on paper, and we need to see it practically,” he said, adding that appointing ward committee secretaries and area sabha nodal officers is a challenge, as like most corporations, MCC is also understaffed.
Addressing the panel, chairman of the MCC standing committee on taxation, finance and appeals, Kiran Kumar, said, “I think ward committees are a great way for us to move ahead.” “Ward Committees are a great step, where everything can be discussed in the open, hence enhancing transparency,” said former mayor and Falnir ward corporator Jacintha Vijay Alfred.
Bendur ward corporator Naveen D’Souza said, “With ward committees, we can reduce corruption for sure.”
Bengre ward corporator Muneeb Bengre said that with ward committees being formed formally, he is looking forward to collaborating and working with citizens for the holistic development of the ward.
“Listening to citizens’ complaints and building confidence among the people is a matter of utmost importance to me. I look forward to the formation of ward committees,” said Katipalla North corporator Samshad Abubaker.

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