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Transparency, a concept we have discussed a lot in the Open Government Initiative, is a means to an end. One of the important roles that transparency plays is to facilitate public participation in government decision-making. As our Prime minister Shri.NarendraModihas said: ” Let us join this mass movement towards SURAJYA, Realizes the hopes and aspirations of the people and take India to greater heights”
Our commitment to openness means more than simply informing the people of Karnal about how decisions are made. It means recognizing that government does not have all the answers and that public official need to draw on what citizens know. ”
Dr. J Ganesan, Deputy Commissioner Karnal shares his knowledge of Citizen Participations to help Karnal become Smart City and tomake itbetter, cleaner and healthier with Mrs. SumedhaKataria, Municipal Commissioner with “MeraSujhav and Mera Sankalp” initiative,so the government makes more informed and effective decisions.
Citizen Participation began on 11th october with a fast moving Launch of event chaired by Shri Manohar Lal Khattar Chief Minister ofHaryana at Karnal Secretariat“ SabseyAage Karnal “citizen participation on smart city”to explore the challenges and the benefits of putting people at the centre of the “Smart City“work.
The programalso includes various events to participate citizens:
Also Various NGO, Govt Department, Corporate Houses, Industrial Associations, Chambers of Commerce, Schools and Institutional bodies are supporting this program.
Citizen Participation –Activity I-MeraSujhav ,MeraSankalp
The Brainstorm phase of our open government outreach yielded a number of suggestions about how to enhance citizen participation in decision-making. More than 17 NGO’s were actively involved for this smart city campaign received more than 12,383 suggestions/sujhav and16,689 pledges /sankalp. The NGO Swyamsidha society which performed extraordinarily by collecting maximum number of suggestions and were rewarded Rs 10,000 as a token of gratitude from KMC.
The top 2 NGO’sare-
People of this city were seen very enthusiastic to pen down their views and suggestions under the initiation of MERA SUJHAV and pledged with their signatures under MERA SANKALP to take their responsibility for development of KARNAL AS SMART CITY in return of the government’s promise to gift them the best of the facilities and services
Some suggestions focused on traffic management to improve opportunities for public review. Others emphasized the need to 24 X7 Water & Electric Supply, incorporate diverse voices and information into the participation process and to keep participants informed about how their participation impacted outcomes at the end of the process.
Dr. J Ganesanaddressed the volunteers of various NGO’s in the morning about the two initiatives MeraSankalp/MeraSujhav and directed them to distribute themselves into team of 30-40 members respectively and cover the households, shops, residents of 20 different wards.
The enthusiasm of the people for the activities such as MERA SANKALP and MERA SUJHAV was just amazing and they were very eager to understand the ideas about smart city and were very willingly ready to hear the positive changes it will bring for the betterment of the city in terms of cleanliness, segregation of waste, infrastructure and services, boost in the employment and economic sector, public transportation ,recreational open spaces and making their neighborhoods safer and better places to live in, with the ultimate goal of improvising their QUALITY OF LIFE.
Few points which theresidents of karnal pledged with their signature on MERA SANKALP are–
Brainstorming sessions, and other types of forums, composed of average citizens, to debate on important issues and make formal recommendations. This is just a brief snapshot of the proposals; you can find a longer list of suggestions here blog.mygov.in
How citizens can participate
Building on the ideas generated during the Brainstorming sessions with Experts, Media House, Consultant, City Officials, we’d like to ask for your input on Vision Statementand few specific topics:
This is the first posts in few days of participation. Starting tomorrow, we’ll be talking more specifically about participation as it relates to Essay Competition, Comments addressing those specific issues will fit best within the contexts of those future discussions.
As our CM has said: “The way to solve the problems of our time, as SabseyAageKarnal , is by involving the Karnal people in shaping the “Vision” that affect their lives.” Tell us your thoughts over at the blog.mygov.in
Thanks in advance.
The Participatory NGO’s for the smart city campaign MERA SANKALP/MERA SUJHAV-