Forum gives ‘People’s Manifesto’ to Bangalore Development Parties – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

BENGALURU: Members of the Civil Society Forum submitted a ‘People’s Manifesto’ for the development of Bengaluru to the leaders of the various political parties and urged them to include their demands in their party’s agenda ahead of the elections.

The forum demanded that the BBMP candidates obtain the NOC from the Central Vigilance Commission, accept the AT Ramaswamy and V Balasubramanyam committee report on encroachment, punish the corrupt and work for better water and sewage management , among others.

Welcoming the decision, Justice (retired) Nagamohan Das said, “We fail to debate social democracy. There are no discussions on the problems faced by women and the elderly and the health sector is also ignored. We witness debates over emotional matters but if we discuss real issues, we can hope for a better Bengaluru.

Event organizer Kathyayini Chamaraj, Executive Chairperson of CIVIC, expressed concern about the limited powers of neighborhood committees, the old BBMP hotlines, and the lack of data and transparency. Congress Leader Ramalinga Reddy welcomed the manifesto and said more women should come forward to challenge the BBMP polls because there is now a provision. AAP leader Prithvi Reddy said her party’s manifesto will include most of the demands made by the forum.

Melvin B. Baillie