1. The passage of community participation bill for creation of Area Sabha, a parallel structure that weakens the smooth dynamics of flow of citizens’s power from bottom-up, is an affront on real decentralisation. It is an attempt to substitute cronyism or subservience in the name of citizen’s participation.It shows another clear case in which power holders speak about decentralisation or grassroots democracy and do everything against it in practice.
    Nice that a group of NGOs are there to fight this issue out. Let me express my solidarity with those activities.

  2. In our area the councillor is a lady never comes out and is being represented by her brother-in-law as proxy and takes all decision on her behalf, In such scenario how this sabha is going to be held, and who is going to record proceedings and what is mandate about its governance(ie whether it is compulsory for the councillor/ward representative to hold the sabha or take decision by creating his own group

  3. The functional hierarchy shown above simply does not make sense unless the area sabha representative is on the ward committee. Without this link in the hierarchy, how can it be argued that participation is being enhanced ? And to participate effectively in the ward committee, the area sabha representative cannot be a nominee of the concillor. This is clearly a sham.

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