When it comes to placing their demands through participatory budget, Puneites are more keen on suggesting road and footpath-related works.
A survey carried out by Sanskriti Menon, program director of Centre for Environment Education (CEE), shows that since 2006, the year when Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) introduced the concept of participatory budget, large number of suggestions ask for better roads and footpaths.
Speaking to dna, Menon said, “Looking at the trend of the participatory budget, most of the suggestions are regarding road and footpaths. Till 2008-09, there was a separate section for footpath-related work. But since then, the civic body has included footpath-related works under the road department.”
Sanskriti added, “The kind of works suggested under participatory budget are not major works. PMC should be able to complete most of them. However, that is not the case as observed in the survey. When citizens suggest works, they are scrutinised by the ward committee which means the work is already cleared. In that case, maximum work should be completed.”
64% of allocated funds have been utilised on an average
The process is quite simple to follow
The procedure is conducted regularly
A substantial quantum of funds allocated for poor section of society
Areas of improvement
Outreach is not adequate by PMC and corporators to encourage large number of people to participate
Special outreach is needed for women from poor communities, children, youth, elderly people and people with disabilities
The initiative lacks transparency as citizens are not informed about the approved and rejected projects
PMC should set up an information system through which citizens can track their suggestion
Citizens, and even corporators need a good information-base
Performance on implementation of works should improve
Puneites actively list out priorities
Jyeshth Nagrik Sangh, Bavdhan
The group has co-ordinated with people from different societies in the area and have managed to get more than 300 applications filled on Wednesday. Their major demands include street lights, repair works on footpaths, bus stops on the road from Chandni Chowk to Bavdhan
Suprabhat Mahila Mandal, Warje-Malwadi and Wadarwadi
The self-help group, with the help of Janwani has submitted 400 forms on Wednesday.
Earlier in a workshop conducted by Janwani at Bharati Vidyapeeth in Kothrud, more than 150 forms were submitted by the citizens of the area.
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