Check how many BBMP meets your corporator attended in 2014!

A typical scene from BBMP Council meets during afternoons. Pic: Shree D N

It’s a meeting that is supposed to discuss the development works that must happen in your ward, every month. Your own representative, who is a councillor, better-known as corporator, is supposed to attend it and participate in it on your behalf. What if you come to know that the one whom you chose to do this job did not even attend the meetings? Or if you come to know that the person faked his attendance and went elsewhere to do his other works?

List of councillors having less than 50% attendance

Name

Ward

Meetings attended (%)

B A Basavaraju

Hoodi

0 (0%)

Munirathna

Yeshwantapura

5 (17 %)

B P Babu Reddy

Bellandur

8 (28%)

M Revanna

Ramamurthy Nagar

8 (28%)

G A Ashwath Narayana

K R Market

12 (41%)

Kumari Avvayi

Sudham Nagar

13 (45%)

M S Shivaprasad

Aramane Nagar

14 (48%)

List of corporators with full attendance during 2014

Corporators

Wards

Indira

(Byatarayanapura)

Ashwath Narayan Gowda

Kodigehalli

Puttamma

T Dasarahalli

B R Nanjundappa

J P Park

A Kodanda Reddy

Banasavadi

Padmanabha Reddy

Kacharkanahalli

Noor Jahaan

Kushal Nagar

M Nagaraja

Gangenahalli

Samapath Raj

Devara Jeevanahalli

Lakshmikanth Reddy

Laggere

Savitha Ramesh

Hoysala Nagar

Shakeel Ahmed

Bharati Nagar

T Mallesh

Subhash Nagar

M Shakeela

Dayanand Sagar

K Raveendran

Prakash Nagar

H R Krishnappa

Rajaji Nagar

R Prakash

Kaveripura

Mohan Kumar

Govindaraj Nagar

Vijayan

Vannarpet

Vasantha Kumari

Cottonpet

V Vagish

Maruti Mandir

K Umesh Shetti

Nagarbhavi

V Krishna

Bapuji Nagar

Najini Begum

Padarayanapura

S N Murugesh Modaliyar

Adugodi

P M Saroja

Ejipura

B S Sathyanarayana

Basavangudi

G H Ramachandra

Rajarajeshwari Nagar

N R Ramesh

Yediyur

B N Manjunath Reddy

Madivala

N Chandrashekhar Raju

J P Nagar

S K Nataraj

Sarakki

A H Basavaraj

Banashankari temple ward

Suguna Balakrishna

Jaraganahalli

Veena Nagaraju

Hemmigepura

BBMP council meetings are held religiously every month, till the end of the council term. Often, during the meetings, council hall seats are only half-occupied and several times there are less than half the total strength.

A look into the attendance register of the BBMP Council meeting from January 2014 to January 2015 reflects how prompt your councillors were in attending the council meetings. An analysis done by Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy revealed that only 35 councillors attended all the 29 meetings held during the said period.

There is a councillor who did not attend any of the meetings and another councillor attended only five of the 29 meetings.

When corporators become MLAs

The two councillors having lowest attendance—B A Basavaraju and Munirathna—are also the MLAs. The councillor who did not attend a single meeting during one year, is B A Basavaraju, corporator of Hoodi ward. Even as he served as the corporator, Basavaraju contested in the Legislative Assembly elections in May 2013 and was elected as the MLA from K R Puram constituency.

Same is the case with M Munirathna who represents Yeshwantapura ward. He has attended only five meetings during the said period. He contested the Assembly election from Rajarajeshwari Nagar constituency and was elected as the MLA. Both of them chose not to resign from their posts of councillors even after being elected as MLAs.

In fact, these two MLAs refusing to resign from their posts of councillors had sparked a debate two years ago. The qualifications specified for contesting MLA election and for city municipality polls do not mention about serving both posts simultaneously. Therefore the elected MLAs decided not to resign from their posts as councillors. However, the attendance register reflects their poor involvement in the BBMP council affairs after they were chosen as MLAs.

Councillors and their attendance

The BBMP Council comprising of 198 corporators had 29 meetings between January 2014 and January 2015. Going by the attendance details, 35 councillors carry the credit of attending all the meetings, whereas 127 councillors have more than 75 per cent attendance, but less than 100 per cent (22-28 meetings).

As many as 29 councillors have attendance ranging between 50-75 per cent (15-21 meetings).  Seven councillors have less than 50 per cent attendance.

‘Attendance not a hindrance to work’

When Citizen Matters spoke to some of the corporators with least attendance, they had their own reasons for staying away from the council meetings. B A Basavaraju who has zero per cent attendance admitted that he could not attend council meetings as he was busy with his work after being elected as the MLA.

“Though I have not attended any of the council meetings in the last one year, I have done all the works that were needed to be done for Hoodi ward. My Assembly Constituency and ward that I represent were different. But, that did not hinder me from getting works done for my ward,” he said.

Another councillor cum MLA Muniratna who has attended only five meetings, said that attending BBMP council meeting for the sake of attendance would not yield anything. “I used to get the meeting subjects in advance and would go to the meeting only if there were subjects of my concern. As an MLA, I had more things to do,” he said.

Yet another councillor, B P Babu Reddy from Bellandur ward who has attended only eight meetings said that there was no use attending council meetings. “I have quit politics and I am not interested to work in this system,” he said. When asked wasn’t it his duty to serve the people after being elected as the corporator, he said he had lost interest to work, in last one year. “I did not resign from the post and I did not even attend meetings,” he said abruptly. However he did not mention why he lost interest.

Attendance for TA/DA?

Some sources in BBMP Council Secretary’s office say that one cannot go by the attendance register, to know who was actually present in the meeting. Though the attendance register shows high percentage of councillors present in the meeting, reality is quite different. According to sources, there are corporators who sign the attendance, but do not attend the meetings.

By signing the attendance a corporator is eligible to avail the conveyance allowance of Rs 1,000 and a sitting fee of Rs 400, the sources say.

Council Additional Secretary Mario Pires says that the secretary office does not record the video footage of the meetings. However, he does not agree with the theory of councillors signing the attendance and not taking part in the meeting. “Attendance is taken near the council hall door and they enter the meeting hall after signing the attendance,” he said.

Yup, sometimes BBMP Council meets can get quite boring! Pic: Shree D N

Here is the full list of attendance data for 2014.

BBMP Council meets are also a time for catching up with buddies! Pic: Shree D N

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Akshatha M
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1 Comment

  1. Very happy to hear the good news that my corporator has given a full attendance .not only that ,I would give my corporator smt indira full marks for her performance in ward no7 .I would certainly vote for her if she contested again.

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