Sunday, 20 November 2011

Response to news articles items MCD Trifurcation

Reference to the news items on the following
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/MCD-split-PC-meets-BJPleaders/articleshow/10798778.cms
and
http://www.asianage.com/delhi/don-t-trifurcate-mcd-mayor-asks-pc-240
and
http://www.sify.com/news/mcd-trifurcation-delhi-mayor-meets-chidambaram-news-national-lltuunbbecf.html
I posted the following on all:
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Trifurcation or quarterfurcation or bifurcation is a bad idea since it is rightly pointed out in the article above that this will lead to confusion. This will also lead to lethargy and exhaustion as more paperwork will suddenly get involved (in referring or transferring a case from one jurisdiction to another).
Rather, a very good move will be for Delhi Government, MCD as well as the Delhi Police to come up with maps which clearly demarcate the boundaries of Delhi District wise, MCD wise and Police wise. The Revenue Department and other Departments should also come up with their maps with jurisdictions mapped. Did you know that Delhi has 9 districts? Refer http://www.tripodot.com/delhi/DelhiTripodotcom.htm. And did you know that Delhi has more than 9 Police Districts? And did you know that the Revenue Districts follow their own system or pattern? So rather than letting all hell breaking loose, they should try to consolidate (and not further break). The first step in that is to publish maps of various agencies with their jurisdictions and make them public and always easily accessible to the public. That is the way to go.
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I am not sure whether all the newspapers where I posted shall display my views. So it is here.
By the way, what is the word for 'dividing in four'? :-)

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Once again, reference to the news items on the following:
http://www.sify.com/news/mcd-split-special-session-nov-30-to-pass-bill-news-national-llyxklccbec.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/article2656569.ece
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/MCD-split-Haze-over-revenue-model/articleshow/10862394.cms
http://www.asianage.com/delhi/mcd-may-move-court-against-trifurcation-348?nocache=1#comment-34294
http://www.asianage.com/delhi/mcd-trifurcation-bill-assembly-nov-30-346?nocache=1#comment-34295
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/MCD-split-Poll-panel-at-work/articleshow/10875066.cms

I tried posting the following on all (edited slightly when submitting):
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The new Directorate Of Local Bodies will be the coordinator. Why can the new Directorate Of Local Bodies not be set up internally itself with a different name? Has it been set up already? Will it be set up later! The joke will be upon the citizen if trifurcation takes place without the setting up of this ‘glorious entity’ first. The Delhi BJP chief Mr. Gupta has rightly pointed out that this division is unconstitutional and is an uncalled interference. If any feasibility study was done before this, then it should be made public. If no feasibility study was done, then this is certainly arbitrary action and very reflective of the sole agenda of the Congress regime to retain power wherever possible, by whatever means possible. Division itself may be needed (or maybe not), but where is the justification by way of a feasibility study? What all parameters were considered? The BJP if possible, should take a stay on this and ask the learned judiciary to ask the government to follow a procedure which is transparent. If need be (actually certainly), the judiciary will need to tell the government to do this first, then that etc. (dekho aise karo, phir aise karo, yaa phir vaise) and set up an ombudsman or a body of intellectuals to oversee the feasibility being undertaken (presuming it is undertaken). Division itself may be good, but there has to be some sensible process. The hasty decisions of the Congress have always cost the country dear. Actually, the citizens do not understand what they can do about it. They should realise that any civilised democratic process will require a feasibility study first whose results should be brought in front of the public, especially in such a case. I am a nobody, very small fry, not even that. But I can tell all with supreme confidence that the first step in the direction of understanding whether division should be undertake or not is to prepare maps of all the nine Districts of the city and under what Divisions they come. Divisions are three. (Is this why trifurcation? Dunno.) Plus, Police Districts are more than nine. So, first let the people understand about the local governance of Delhi. Postal Pin Codes maps should also be made public. This small step and a very interesting exercise will suddenly awaken the people to comprehend the governance pattern of Delhi. Postal Pin Code maps may not be involved with governance but it will help. This little clarity will spur many other things, I can tell you. If done rightly, this can even throw back the division by many years, if it is required. The groundwork which needs to be undertaken would then be undertaken first. The more learned amongst us can inform the public here or on another platform about the population that falls under a municipality or municipal corporation. They can also inform about the local governance structure in India as enshrined in the Constitution. What is Nagar Panchayat, a Nagar Palika, a Nagar Nigam and so on. In Delhi we have the MCD, the NDMC, the Delhi Cantonment Board.
The mayor Rajni Abbi is right that trifurcation actually goes against the desired strengthening of the civic body.
Very smartly, the State government has decided upon a certain reservation for women to create approval amongst the masses by implying that dekho we are action oriented. If representation really is the intention, this can be implemented in the existing set up also gradually. But then this also should pass muster.
You see, Delhi is in an unkempt state. Will this unkemptness start to diminish or worsen? Will Delhiites allow this chance to be taken? Will the judiciary wake up and realize on its own that this is a Constitutional matter and not a day to day affair of governance? States Reorganisation is a big matter. This is much smaller and of a different variety, but not insignificant enough to be left alone. Bole to, will the judiciary act as Big Boss and enforce some sensibility? Let's see what the episodes unfold. :-)
I’ve found a very interesting web url: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Municipality - this will enlighten the public. Gosh, I myself was very average in Civics subject in school!

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