Direction from HC, MCC Calls Public to Fill Out Applications for Ward Committees in 60 Wards
- Direction from High Court, MCC Calls Public to Fill Out Applications for Ward Committees in 60 Wards
Mangaluru: “In a first in the entire State, Mangaluru Municipal Corporation Commissioner Akshy Sridhar has invited applications from citizens to serve as ward committee members but with a rider. The application form is based on a format suggested by CIVIC but goes much beyond it. The applicant has to sign an affidavit that he is not a member of any political party and does not have any political affiliation! He has to also state that he does not have any criminal cases against him and also file a record of his social service activities. This may help to remove nepotism and favouritism, prevalent in the selection of ward committee members in Bengaluru, and clean and genuinely service-minded citizens may find a place in Mangaluru’s ward committees” states Kathyayini Chamaraj-Executive Trustee of CIVIC Bengaluru.
It should be noted that an agenda to form ward committees was presented at the council meeting of the MCC on August 28, 2014, and a special meet was held in this regard on 29 October 2014. It was again recently passed unanimously at a council meeting on 13 August 2020. It should also be noted that Nigel Albuquerque and Ajoy D’silva, both Social Activists, and Co-founders of MCC Civic group, which was formed with like-minded citizens FIVE years ago in order to address the several multiple civic problems citizens face across Mangaluru, had fought the battle in the High Court to form Area Sabhas and Ward Committees in Mangaluru- and they succeeded in winning the Case.
Prior to heading to High Court, both Nigel and Ajoy found that resolving civic problems was akin to a bottomless pit and researched for a permanent solution narrowed down to institutionalizing citizen participation via Ward Committees and Area Sabhas in the true spirit of the 74 th Constitutional Amendment of 1992, Supplemented by the Karnataka Municipal Corporations (Amendment) Act of 2011. Upon meeting a deadlock repeatedly approaching the respective authorities in Mangaluru City Corporation for regulatory compliance, MCC Civic Group to the judicial route, successfully moving the High court of Karnataka in Bengaluru Judgement orders for ward committees and Area Sabhas in Mangaluru City Corporation-WP53244/2018 awaiting judicial compliance.
MCC Commissioner Akshy Sridhar
Nigel and Ajoy also take opportunity to express that , yet another member of MCC Civic Group, Padmanabha Ullal, Retd AEE, MCC, having pursued WC & AS in MCC amid wafer thin support extended to him right from the time the 74th Constitutional Amendment took effect in 1993, was and remains a pillar of support to the cause with the wealth of information he possesses. A job well done, MCC Civic Group! Following a direction from the High Court, the Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) has initiated the process of appointing members for ward committees in 60 wards.As per the mandate of the Constitution, the MCC has to form ward committees in each ward, under the chairmanship of the respective ward corporators. Hence, applications for the ward committees are invited by the city corporation, said MCC commissioner Akshy Sridhar.
As per the directions of the government, the city corporation must nominate 10 members, including one representative each from the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, three women, two representatives from civic groups and three from the general category for the ward committees, in each of the 60 wards in the city limits. The city corporation will accept applications from the public to take part in the ward committees of their respective wards. Applications will be accepted at the three zonal offices at Surathkal, Central and Kadri till November 17.
Applicants must furnish details including name, date of birth, address, ward number, Aadhaar number, caste, category, educational qualification and their area of interest or experience, along with the application form. Applicants must declare that there are no pending criminal cases against them. They also must declare that they are neither members of any political party nor have any political affiliations that will bias their decisions, the commissioner stated in a release.
The MCC has been expediting the process to form committees as per the high court’s direction. The 74th Constitutional amendment and the amendment of the Karnataka Municipal Corporation (KMC) Act in 2011 mandates formation of Ward Committees and Area Sabhas in city corporations. Further, the High Court, while hearing a petition, also had ordered the formation of ward committees and area sabhas in Mangaluru.