Award local governments for good performance: Ahluwalia

March 22nd, 2008 - 4:29 pm ICT by admin  

Mumbai, March 22 (IANS) Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia has endorsed a proposal to award local governments for good governance. “The proposal to introduce an award for good governance would be highly appreciated not just by bureaucrats but also by people at large,” said Ahluwalia late Friday night.

Speaking on the occasion of the IMC Ramkrishna Bajaj Award 2007 presentation here, Ahluwalia said: “It is time that governments are also adjudged on their performances. One can start from local self-government.”

According to Ahluwalia, though several municipal corporations have already started following the principles laid down in Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission policies, “most of them fail miserably when it comes to the delivery of services of basic amenities”.

“Take for example the sewage system in Mumbai or Kolkata. It’s the same. Nobody bothers and everybody in the local self government just takes it for granted and turns a blind eye,” he said.

“It is time for introversion. Lower level governments like gram panchayats (village councils) and municipalities should be assessed, and their system of governance should be given marks. I think if awards are instituted, then they would certainly go for an inward look which I think would ultimately help people.”

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