Cities of Maharashtra need Area Sabha's

Cities of Maharashtra need Area Sabha's

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Dear Shri Uddhav Thackeray, Hon Chief Minister of Maharashtra

The cities of Maharashtra are governed by Municipal Corporations which are required to implement Area Sabha rules to ensure citizens participation in governance but sadly this democratic process has not been implemented since the amendments to the MMC Act in 2009.

The Area Sabha is an important step in devolution of power to the local level, give people a voice in matters related to their neighborhoods, make Corporators more effective and accountable to their constituents and overall improve the provision of services and redressal of grievances.

Under JnNURM ,the states were required to implement the Area Sabha provisions for citizen participation in urban local area governance. The Maharashtra State Govt added Area Sabha related sections 29B-29E to the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act ( amendment ) in July 2009 which define the composition, roles and responsibilities of the Area Sabha's.

However for more than a decade, these provisions have not been brought into force and detailed rules needed to operationalize the Area Sabha's have not been drafted.

Bombay High Court on 30th April 2019 responding to the PIL/39/2014 regarding Area Sabha implementation had noted that " the Government in the spirit of the legislation considers notifying the appointed date at the earliest"

We therefore immediately demand the following to ensure the Area Sabha rules are drafted and implemented within the next 3 months by 

1.Forming a Rules drafting Committee under Urban Development Ministry which will have representatives from citizen groups, academicians, consumer bodies, NGOs etc. ( Pl publish public notice seeking membership to this committee )

2.Rules to be published for citizens feedback and suggestions 

3.Implementation of the Area Sabha provisions and rules within 3 months in every Municipal Corporation of Maharashtra.

Citizen involvement in local area governance will ensure better delivery of services and planning of local projects. Area Sabha's will ensure this happens

Empower citizens. Empower Democracy.

Citizens for Area Sabha 

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