'Don't depend on the system, change it'

With the system of governance itself not supporting efficiency, it is up to citizens to find solutions to problems and ensure innovative solutions towards sustainability are implemented.

Published: 16th June 2013 08:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th June 2013 08:09 AM   |  A+A-

With the system of governance itself not supporting efficiency, it is up to citizens to find solutions to problems and ensure innovative solutions towards sustainability are implemented. This, according to BESCOM MD P Mannivannan, is one of two ways to improve quality of living.

The other way is to actively participate in the political system and change the system itself, which he recommended to a gathering of about 30 representatives from various apartment complexes, participating in an open house session on sustainably managing apartment complexes.

The session, organised by the Alternative and the Apartment Adda under the Green Apartment Storey initiative, shares experiences  on action-oriented solutions  to sustainably manage resources such as water, electricity and waste.

Manivannan demonstrated through a game, that without incentive, government staff maintain status quo and only try to get through the day. “This is how the system itself is designed,” he said, adding that private entities work on a system of reward and penalty and are therefore more efficient.

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