B.PAC Launches Corporator Engagement Program (CEP)
‘Developing a Ward Vision and Realizing the Change’
Bengaluru, Tuesday, May 18, 2016: B.PAC launched Corporator Engagement Program (CEP) is to focus on onward development and address the persistent local problems. CEP is intended to strengthen the engagement with Corporators through meaningful interventions and innovative solutions for various civic issues.
During the first phase of the program during 2016, B.PAC will work in select wards across the city where the Corporator will lead the citizens to realize the desired changes in their respective wards. The inaugural program was well attended including many Corporators, active residents, and civic officials from across the city.
CEP is the latest in a series of efforts by B.PAC towards the all-round improvement of Bengaluru City. This program aims to address specifically at micro-level interventions for improvements in the city that can directly be felt by the citizens.
During the event, the concept of CEP was introduced by Ms. Revathy Ashok, CEO, B.PAC explaining the need to engage with the elected civic leaders and create a citizen-based network to represent and resolve ward level issues. Mr. G Ananda, Member B.PAC detailed the execution aspects of the program, beginning from the identification of critical ward issues, organizing & managing the problems with respect to these issues, and resolution in consultation with civic society, experts, and civic officials. The respective Corporator of the ward will be the focal point of program implementation.
As a part of knowledge sharing, two-panel discussion ware held. The first focused on – ‘Corporator and Citizen Initiatives in Bengaluru Wards’ moderated by Mr. G. Ananda. The discussion consisted of six panelists namely, Corporators from Nandini Layout, Mr. K.V. Rajendra Kumar and from Rajamahal Nagar, Ms. Hema Latha Shet, along with four B.CLIP – Civic Hub leaders – SufiMohammed Saleh Sufiyan, Sampangiramnagar Ward; Geetha G, Sanjaynagar; Subbaiah.T.S., Radhakrishna Temple Ward and Kavitha Reddy, HSR Layout Ward.
The Panel discussion shed light on various positive case studies of active Corporator and citizen involvement like Field Officials accountability system for SWM & water issues; SWM – Segregation drive and micro-planning; Effective Black Spot removal, Plastic Ban campaign and Rent-A-Bag; Kill Bill Campaigns and Treeathon movement, Walk to School, Ward Mapping, Lake Conservation, faster response to address the problems such as replacement of sewerage pipeline; providing drinking water to BBMP Government Day-care center; etc.
The second panel focussed on – ‘Ward Level Good Governance Initiatives’ moderated by Mr. Harish N, Member, B.PAC, Panelist Mr. Sarfaraz Khan Sardar, Joint Commissioner – Health & SWM, BBMP, and Mr. Ramakanth, Expert member, SWMRT.
Mr. Khan illustrated bringing accountability on various civic officials towards efficiently addressing civic issues. Further, he shared his experiences in the Yelahanka zone to demonstrate many successes of this approach. Thanks to his efforts in bringing close co-ordination between BBMP officials and civic leaders Yelahanka zone is today recognized as one of the best in the area of SWM. Mr. Khan did also stated that a similar level of coordination would be brought about in other zones of the city.
Mr. Ramakanth, Member, SWMRT stressed the importance of Corporators involving citizen groups (RWAs) for successful and sustainable improvement at the ward level.
B.PAC has developed a citizen-centric app by name ‘SPOTTER’, to empower citizens to raise various problems faced by them to BBMP. This citizen-friendly system enables individuals to send a picture of the spot where they observe problems and a backend operation automatically sends this to the civic officials responsible for resolving this, with geotagging (GPS enabled); a feedback system to the complainant is also provided for. Mr. M.A. Parthasarathy, Chief Technology Officer, B.PAC introduced to the gathering, B.PAC ‘SPOTTER’ App for redressal of grievances.
Mr. Pavan Srinath, Head of strategy and programs, Takshashila Institution gave a framework of three important ideas towards creating ward vision. For example, on road works, creation of a Road committee to understand the sequence of road digging exercise, and coordination amongst agencies; an effective Ward Communication strategy by a Corporator to reduce the element of surprise and a Closed-Loop timely Feedback mechanism on various works through easily available technology platforms like Whatsapp, etc.
Speaking during the occasion Revathy Ashok, CEO, B.PAC said “B.PAC has been working on several good governance initiatives, along with elected representatives and citizens for the last three years. Corporate Engagement Program (CEP) is its latest effort to create a Better Bengaluru”.
The program was well appreciated by all attendees. The Corporators stated that there were many takeaways from the event and they looked forward to active participation in CEP.