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A huge slap on Siddaramaiah Govt!!! A new survey reveals shocking facts about Karnataka’s capital city

Karnataka’s capital and India’s IT capital has fell to the rock bottom of the chart of 23 major Indian cities in terms of urban governance, according to the Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS) 2017 by the Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, a Bengaluru based non-profit organisation. 

Unfortunately, the boastings made by the Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has been proved wrong according to the survey, released on Wednesday, evaluated the quality of governance in 23 major cities across 20 states, based on 89 questions. ASICS 2016 had placed Bengaluru at 16th spot among 21cities.

Most cities have scored between 3 and 5.1 out of 10, with Pune topping the charts for the first time. Other cities in the top five are Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Bhubaneswar and Surat, with scores in the range of 4.5 to 4.6. The survey reveals that Indian cities continue to score low over the past three editions. Though there is an improvement in city systems, it’s at a very slow pace.

 

 Why has Bengaluru dropped to the bottom? 

The BBMP takes a big hit in financial management, reveals survey by Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy.

With no citizen’s charter, low per-capita expenditure and no sanitation plans, Bengaluru rapidly descended into the bottom of the table in this year Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS) 2017.

The survey, carried out by Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, places the IT City at 23rd rank, lower than the major cities and towns in the country. The 2016 report had placed the city in the 16th position, while in 2015, it was 12th.

On a score of 10, Bengaluru secures 3 points, or 0.3 points lower than the previous year, and 2.1 points below the chart-topper Pune. The Congress government in Karnataka has been patting itself over its achievement in developing Bengaluru.

While some people are busy defaming my city, we are transforming Bengaluru.

We are building:

World class public transport through Namma Metro, Bengaluru Sub-Urban Rail & BMTC.

World Class Roads through Tender Sure & White Topping

Here are some of the response to the Chief Minister and his false claims:

 

Who is defaming your City, Mr. Chief Minister? Are you not doing what you are supposed to do? It takes at least 2 hours to reach Majestic from Bommasandra. Majestic to KGIA also almost the same time.

World class transport ? Kindly visit Whitefield once. The dust on roads will tell the tale of development. Bengaluru isn’t just limited to brigade and mg road.

 

https://twitter.com/doc_sach/status/971371974168473600

Sir, don’t give this goli to us!!!

Bengaluru has become unlivable thanks to Gov inaction… Ur gov is blindly registering vehicles for the last 5 yrs without matching upgrade in public transport infrastructure to match growth… Whose treasury is all the road tax going into?

 

Dear Sir, it’s only the development and tenders, to get commission?? What about the kids education in government schools and others who are not getting any benefits from the government and killing them selves because of Corruption?

 

It is in financial management that Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) takes a big hit. Out of 140 points, covering parameters such as collection of taxes, per capita expenditure or producing budgets that can be implemented in the time frames proposed, or power of the BBMP to utilise or raise funds on its own, the city scores a meagre 29.3 points, the lowest among all urban local bodies (ULBs) compared.

With Bengaluru pretty much stagnating in reforms, the city has dropped down in the ranking, says Sapna Karim, Coordinator (Civic Participation) at the advocacy group. “AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) scheme requires financial management reforms, which smaller cities are doing. But, Bengaluru has not yet fixed the system,” she said.

While the report focused on the financial year 2017, and used the last-audited budget actuals from 2015-16, little has changed for the city when it comes to laws and processes for governance.

Another deficiency is in transparency, with key documents still out of public reach, and in citizen participation where the survey finds that BBMP does not have participatory budgetary process nor a scheme for citizen volunteers.

In a few months, the government will release its own livability index, ranking 116 Indian cities for the first time. Unlike the proposed government index which will rank outcomes, the Janaagraha survey evaluates existing governance processes and frameworks to estimate whether good outcomes are possible in the long run. The 89 questions which the survey studied in each of the 23 cities included parameters that quantified whether a city has a centralized system of spatial development planning, adequate skilled human resources, and if city leaders are directly elected and have adequate powers.

Source: Times of India

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