August 2015
Dear All,
In this month’s edition, we are happy to share that several of our recommendations have found a place in the report of the BBMP restructuring Committee, constituted to advise the Government of Karnataka on splitting of the Corporation. Also featured, coverage in the Hindu of the results of our Voice of India’s Citizens (VOICE) survey.

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Srikanth Viswanathan
Coordinator - Advocacy and Reforms
Janaagraha’s recommendations in the BBMP Restructuring Committee report
The BBMP restructuring report submitted by the government-appointed BS Patil Committee includes several of Janaagraha’s recommendations such as: establishing a full-time Chief Financial Officer with responsibilities of overall financial management of the Greater Bengaluru Authority; setting up a Treasury division to manage liquidity and debt; and mandating a five year Medium Term Fiscal Plan (MTFP).

Committee Report
Tender SURE catches the eye of other cities
Initial criticism for the project turned to praise after the inauguration of two Tender SURE roads in Bangalore. In an interview with Times of India, Janaagraha’s co-founder Swati Ramanathan speaks about how Tender SURE helped overcome the trust deficit among citizens regarding government projects.

TOI Interview

Citizens’ dissatisfaction finds a VOICE
The Hindu featured findings from Janaagraha’s VOICE survey, with citizens’ perspectives on their city’s quality of life and quality of City- Systems.
• Delhi reports the least satisfaction with its police force
• Chennai has the lowest proportion of citizens with piped water in their premises
• Mumbai has the lowest frequency of power cuts
• Kolkata is the safest city for women’s mobility

Hindu Article

SEBI regulations on Municipal Bonds
Municipal Bonds offer cities a means to raise capital to fund their significant infrastructure requirements. Recent regulations issued by SEBI make it easier for cities to issue bonds. For municipal debt to be a viable option, cities need to fulfil some basis conditions: timely preparation of accounts, independent audits, and public disclosure of financial and operational data.

Policy Brief
CAG audit draws out anomalies in AP local bodies
A CAG audit of urban and rural local bodies has identified revenue losses to the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation due to anomalies in assessment, collection and accounting of tax and non-tax revenue. The report also highlights revenue leakage in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation due to failure in removing unauthorized hoardings.

CAG Audit Report

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