August 01, 2016

Jugaad Governance: Section 144 for Drought, Section 144 for Floods

Shankkar Aiyar, Visiting Fellow at IDFC Insitute, says that it's high time we take urban governance seriously and empower local bodies in this New Indian Express article.


"Governance is marred by the riveting, wait-for-the-eleventh-hour approach. Take the case of Latur and the drinking water crisis. The failure of monsoon was not unknown...Yet the water trains didn’t roll in till nearly a month after Section 144 was first imposed. This week, Gurgaon and Bengaluru—the anointed capitals of information technology businesses—were caught in floods. The residents in the national capital region were left stranded on roads and denizens of Bengaluru got the opportunity to fish on the arterial roads...Mind you, it is not just Gurgaon and Bengaluru that were impacted by floods. The past week saw millions hit by floods in Assam, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Tamil Nadu...The tragedy is that urban India is not on the political app of any political party. It seems to scarcely matter that urban population today at 377 million as per the Census is larger than that of India at Independence. Indeed, as per UN studies, which put urban population at over 497 million, and if the 3,894 Census towns—the euphemism for unplanned and unrecognised urbanisation—are included, at least half of India is already urbanised. It is no secret that urbanisation is and will be the driver of future growth...The Modi Sarkar had rightly identified urbanisation as one focus area. Fact is, the intent has been executed but the political and economic empowerment of local bodies that must follow is stalled...Fixing the stalled project of urbanisation would be a good place to start at."


Read the full article here.

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