NGO Praja Foundation, on Thursday, revealed in its white paper that civic complaints in the national capital increased by 27 per cent from 2015 to 2016 and important issues mentioned in the election manifestos of various political parties were not appropriately raised by the councillors and MLAs during this period. A report by Indian Express says that around 32 councillors and 10 MLAs did not raise even a single civic issue during 2016.
The White Paper was made by the data of period from January 2013 to December 2016 through various Right to Information (RTI) inquires. Explaining the details of the white paper at the Press Club of India, Founder and Managing Trustee of the Praja Foundation said Nitai Mehta, “Elected councillors and MLAs were not giving importance to people’s issues.”
As per the released white paper, the overall complaints registered in 2015 were 3.54 lakh but the figures increased to 4.51 lakh in 2016. The West Zone of South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) had the highest number of civic complaints i.e. 61,939.
In terms of increase in percentage, Narela saw a 56 per cent hike from 10,454 in 2015 to 16,343 in 2016, the paper added further. Among the prime concerns for people was Pollution in the city as it was maximum with 52 per cent increase in complaints. Pollution-related issued raised by the MLAs saw a dip from 24 in 2015 to 8 in 2016.
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“Data indicates why elected representatives must constantly pay heed to citizens’ voices. The massive civic problems that Delhi faces, such as pollution, did not arise overnight. On several points, our data suggests consistent apathy on part of elected representatives in the face of clearly increasing public concern,” Mehta added further.
On the matter of Resident Welfare Associations, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had raised only seven issues, whereas Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress had raised one and zero issues respectively. The white paper even highlighted that the councillors and MLAs did not adequately addressed issues in their areas.
The report also claimed that around six MLAs did not raise even a single civic issue during 2015 and 2016. This include MLAs and councellors like Raghuvinder Shokeen from Nangloi Jat, Sahi Ram from Tughlakabad, Mahinder Yadav from Vikaspuri, Dinesh Mohaniya from Sangam Vihar, Asim Ahmed Khan from Matia Mahal and Mohd Ishraque from Seelampur.