Annual Conclave: Shaping India’s Urban Agenda
Janaagraha’s annual conclave, designed to further the urban development agenda by bringing together key stakeholders and evolving partnerships, was held in Delhi on the 16th of March 2016. The conclave was attended by MPs, MLAs, Elected representatives of Cities, Municipal Commissioners, Corporate leaders, leaders from NGOs/CSOs and Think-tanks etc. In short, all those who hold a stake in the transformation of our cities and towns for the better, were in audience.
Mr. N R Narayana Murthy, Founder, Infosys delivered the inaugural address at the conclave and Mr. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Union Minister for Urban Development addressed the audience as the Chief Guest. Other notable speakers and panelists included Mr. Jayant Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Finance, Government of India, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament, and Mr. Manish Sisodia, Hob’ble Deputy Chief Minister, GNCTD.
This year’s discussions focused on the following four themes –
1. Smart Streets: Leveraging PPPs in urban roads
2. Cities as growth engines: building institutional capacities
3. Making Participatory Budget Work: What will it take?
4. Who speaks for our cities? Role of elected representatives in city governance
The conclave’s success is highlighted by the partnership Janaagraha developed with the office of Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament to strengthen a landmark legislation that brought about the existence of city governments, the 74th Constitutional Amendment Act. The partnership culminated in the creation of a bill that mandated directly elected mayors with a five-year term for ULBs, increased financial, functional and staffing powers of Mayors, and a host of other provisions aimed at strengthening city governments to enable urban transformation.
Our recommendations on strengthening ULBs can be accessed at http://janaagraha.org/files/74th-CAA-recommendations.pdf. To access the Private member bill as introduced by Dr. Shashi Tharoor in the Parliament, click here