In a brainstorming workshop on participatory budget organised by Janwani on Thursday, various citizens’ groups assured to make participatory budget a public movement by creating awareness among not only citizens but also among municipal authorities to make this concept a success.
The workshop was organised by Janwani in association with dna as print partner and Red FM as radio partner. The workshop was held at Navalmal Firodia Hall number four and five in MCCIA trade tower.
PMC has invited suggestions from the citizens regarding developmental works to be carried out in their respective localities. These works will be included in PMC’s upcoming budget. According to the citizens’ groups, the period given by the PMC is very less and it needs to be extended.
Jayantrao Mohite, member of advisory committee of Model Colony Parisar Sudharna Samiti, said, “We need to take up the issue with PMC regarding announcement of a fixed date for filing suggestions for participatory budget which will remain the same every year. It will be easier for people to remember the date and they can plan their suggestions in advance.”
All the civic activists and citizens’ groups present at the workshop showed the determination of making the participatory budget a continuous process.
Ganesh Dikshit, secretary of Model Colony Parisar Samiti, said, “PMC has already introduced the participatory budget concept and now there is no turning back. It is our responsibility to take this concept ahead by creating awareness among citizens to participate in the process. PMC should also give a time of three months to citizens’ groups to spread awareness on participatory budget.”
It was the 17th workshop that Janwani organised in this regard this year. Naim Keruwala, project consultant for Janwani, said, “We are not consumers in the city but citizens. We have all the rights to demand the work which we want in our localities. Through participatory budget, we all have got this excellent opportunity to get the work done according to our wish. We have to utilise this opportunity to the fullest.”
“We are trying to simplify the process for the citizens and at the end of the year, Janwani will be coming up with a progress report which will reflect the number of suggestions incorporated by the civic body in the budget and actual work carried out by the PMC,” Naim said.
dna will help you to better your locality
To help citizens understand the concept of participatory budget better, dna has organised a series of workshops at various places over the next few days. We cordially invite you for the same
Organised by dna and Red FM in association with National Societies for Clean Cities
Date: September 6
Time: 6.30 pm
Venue: Suyojana Society Hall, near Koregaon Park police station
Date: September 7
Time: 6 pm
Venue: Chittaranjan Vatika, Model Colony, Shivajinagar
Date: September 8
Time: 12.30 pm
Venue: Anandpur Charitable Trust Hall, NIBM Road
You ask, we answer!
A lot of queries were thrown up by citizens in the question-answer round at the workshop on participatory budget organised by Janwani at MCCIA, Senapati Bapat Road on Thursday in association with dna. Below are a few common queries that arise in the minds of the citizens. Also are the answers which might benefit the dna readers.
Sadashiv Kulthe, resident of Bavdhan
In Bavdhan, we have many open spaces but nothing is being done for the benefit of the public. These spaces are being utilised for private parking and shop owners. How should I get the authority to look into this? We would like to have gardens and public toilets.
A: The PMC can definitely provide spaces for gardens and public toilets. If these spaces belong to them, they can utilise it. You should research and check the development plan and collect documents of the available spaces. Once you have enough information, fill the form and make suggestions for the residents.
Yashodhan Kher, resident of Bavdhan
Garbage dumping is a major issue in my area. People from neighbouring societies dump garbage on a regular basis right in front of our residences. The PMC garbage van does not visit the area frequently causing heaps of waste to accumulate for days together. There is no properly built dustbin too. What is the possible way to get PMC look into this matter?
A: You as a society need to approach the PMC through the participatory budget and request for a concrete solution to garbage dumping. The other option is instead of taking away the garbage from the spot to dumping yards, create compost pits or a bio-gas plant. Ask the ward office for allocation and look for alternatives.
Jayvantrao Mohite (81), resident of Model Colony
Apart from educating masses one needs to create awareness in the corporation as well. This procedure should not be followed just once a year. How can we make sure, we make the right kind of noise?
A: If the deadline extends, we will make it a point to conduct workshops at the corporation as well. Citizens should use this platform to voice their opinion and make a difference not only within their society but beyond it too. I am sure not all of Gandhiji’s meetings during pre-independence were blockbusters. But it was definitely worth the effort. I will also make sure that from next year, we start the workshop earlier and come with a well-planned preparation.
Prajakta Panshikar, resident of Kothrud
What is the selection procedure of the suggestions made by citizens? Is it transparent enough where we can view them?
A: Once the forms reach the ward offices, the engineer, corporator of the area and the ward officer get together and brainstorm. The biggest flaw here is that the minutes of meeting are neither recorded nor available for reference. But this should not dishearten us. We should not look at it as just a form-filling activity. We should conserve and preserve this technique for the future to
attain better results.