BENGALURU: Citizens’ Action Forum (CAF), a non-profit organisation, has appealed to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to go ahead with the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) elections, despite the plan to divide the civic body for better administration.
The government had recently constituted a three-member committee to look into the trifurcation of BBMP. The forum expressed apprehension that the election could be delayed as the committee is yet to submit its recommendations to the government.
Mahalakshmi Parthasarathy, forum secretary, said the problems plaguing the city will not go away by BBMP’s trifurcation. “The government order is not clear about the timeline for acting on the advice received from the committee. In the past, BBMP council elections have been postponed by a few years due to unnecessary dilly-dallying. So it is very important to delink the election from the process of trifurcation,” she said.
She added that having a working council is imperative and any delay in the election might have an adverse impact on forming ward committees.
“If the restructuring takes place, bureaucrats will become more powerful while the elected representatives will lose their hold and power,” she added.
She said it was important to give more powers to the representatives, who, considering their accessibility, can sort out civic problems more effectively. She added that the chief minister, when contacted, had given a positive response.
Citizens’ Action Forum was formed by a group of resident welfare associations and citizens interested in bringing transparency and accountability to governance by increasing public participation.