news Monday, July 13, 2015 - 05:30
  The three-member committee which was set-up to look into the feasibility of restructuring Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) submitted its report on Monday to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. The committee in its report has suggested that the organisation be split into five corporations under the supervision of the Greater Bengaluru Authority (GBA) which acts an umbrella body. To micromanage local issues, each ward will have a “corporation ward committee” which will have 20 members with 10 members being local residents. The report prepared by the committee was headed by retired IAS officer BS Patil and was assisted by Siddaiah - another retired IAS officer and V Ravichander. According to Patil, the report focuses on ward management as that is the most important segment in a city. “More power must be given to public for taking decisions related to administrative activities as it concerns the ward,” he was quoted as saying by Kannada news channel TV9. He further said that in the present system there was no scope to elucidate views from the public, with councillors taking all the decisions single-handedly. Siddaiah, the other member of the committee said, that the report has strongly recommended having five Mayors for each of the corporations who will be elected to the post through direct elections, he told the channel. The report also suggests having a Greater Services Bengaluru Ombudsman to address grievances of the public that is related to failure of service delivery by the civic agency, and not corruption or financial irregularities. It has also suggested measures to increase accountability, transparency, financial management etc.  
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