Multiplicity of authorities biggest bane of Capital: Sheila

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New Delhi, Dec 12 (UNI) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said the multiplicity of authorities in the city leads to inordinate delays in implementing the desired policy initiatives to alleviate problems faced by the citizens.

Speaking at a six-day Bhagidari Workshop in the capital, the Chief Minister emphasised that the multiplicity of authorities in the Capital was the biggest bane that thwarted any concerted, co-ordinated and long-term planning or developmental effort.

She stressed that development could not exclude one segment of the society to provide for another, and any effective policy initiatives had to take into consideration interests of all sections of the society.

The Chief Minister termed the capital as a unique and outstanding city-state, facing multifarious challenges and responsibilities.

Taking on from the different reports which categorically suggests empowering Delhi Government, if efficient governance and progress has to take place, Ms Dikshit dwelt at length on the issue of multiplicity of authorities in the capital and described it as the biggest bottleneck on the road to her Government's efforts in implementing the aspirations of the people whom it represented.

''A duly elected government has to be accountable and responsible, it cannot have a diffused mandate wherein the relevant nstitutions/local bodies are not accountable to it,''she said.

Ms Dikshit said any successful plan for sustainable development of the capital would have to take into consideration the twin issues of urban infrastructure development and an organised and humane solution to the problem of slums and jhuggis in the city, housing about four million people.

These, she said, were the two most important dictums of development in the city and stressed that the two were not mutually antagonistic as is generally perceived and propagated by groups with vested interests.

The Chief Minister informed that after having successfully experimented with bringing Government agencies and departments and the people on a common platform for exchange of ideas, the Government was now going ahead with the process of institutionalising the gains that have been thus achieved.

While participatory budgeting and steps in the direction of Government-Business partnership were concrete steps being taken in this direction, it would be only logical that the people were involved in the process of consultations for simplifications of Government processes and procedures, she said.

Describing Bhagidari as a process that aimed at empowering people, the Chief Minister said the Government intended to create a system where the citizens through citizen groups could not only provide a feedback on Government policies but could also help formulate and monitor them.

Delhi Government has been organising Bhagidari workshops/district level meetings since January 2000 to discuss various civic issues for the betterment of civic services in Delhi. The workshops are conducted with the participation of citizen groups and the representatives of civic departments of Delhi. Started with just 20, now Delhi has over 1800 citizen groups associated with Bhagidari initiative.


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