Abolish MC Elections & Replace it with Appointed Govt. Officers
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Municipal Corporation Elections are held every 5 years in all Major Indian Cities with Population Greater than 1 Million. The people elected in these elections "MCs"(Councillors or Corporators) are responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of public properties and services like streets, footpaths, parks, healthcare, educational institutions and general cleanliness of their respective areas.
The Problem with which we all are aware of is Corruption in MC. They are corrupt, slow and irresponsible. And if they fail to deliver, they lose the next election. But the Money they stole or wasted never comes back. In 5 years, they steal so much that losing the election doesn't bother them.
How many times have we seen a decent Footpath get repaired again and again, even if it was perfectly alright? Or the roads in our residential areas get damaged so quickly after repair? And how painful is it for us to get a local problem resolved?
The mismanagement of funds is also a very common issue. So common that sanitation workers often go on strike, because their salaries are not paid.
But I do not blame the MCs for Corruption, if you perform a Google Search you will notice that most MCs have other jobs and are unable to dedicate their time properly to the job of MC. Another major reason MCs being corrupt is their poor salaries. In some cities, the salary is as low as Rs. 24,000 per month. This is not just as compared to all other govt posts.
Also, the crime and corruption increase when the Elections approach. A lot of money is wasted in Advertising, Campaigning, etc. Also, it's a headache for the Election commission as well.
Another Problem in having an elected MCD is the conflict with state and central governments.
For Example, Let's take any Random City. And the problem with that city is that the MP of that region is from BJP, the MLA is from Congress and MC is under a Local state party. This creates conflicts for very obvious reasons and the distribution of work is not clearly known among common citizens and often the blame game continues.
The Only solution to this problem is to have Appointed Officers for the post of MC who shall clear an examination and get selected for this tenured job, just like the officers in Indian Administrative Services (IAS) with well-paid salaries, who will be accountable and answerable for their work.
I Request Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to put an end to this Corrupt system and bring an end to MC Elections and replace it with an Appointment Based system.
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