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People's Manifesto for Bangalore Civic elections


Press Release : 15 March 2010

Bengaluru Janara Vedike / Bangalore People's Forum
Peoples Manifesto for BBMP election demands genuine devolution and public participation

All efforts of Karnataka Government to deny the people of Bangalore their fundamental right to choose their local government has been defeated by landmark decisions of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India and the High Court of Karnataka in response to Public Interest Litigations. As a result elections to BBMP will now be held on 28 March 2010.

Bengalureans last voted over 7 years ago and have been denied their right to shape their city for over three years now when an elected body did not exist. In this period a highly unaccountable and centralised bureaucratic raj took over, giving very little opportunity for citizens to be involved in local decisions. The impact was apparent everywhere: quality of basic services significantly declined, even as money and public resources were invested in highly questionable projects and schemes and in a wholly intransparent manner.

The opportunity now exists to renew our tryst with local democracy and begin shaping our city. Municipal elections are key drivers in shaping our city. Choose the wrong candidate, and vote on the wrong set of issues, the impact is likely to be irreversible. Contrarily, if candidates were to agree to People's real issues of concerns, and get voted, they are likely to follow up on election promises during their term in office.

With this in context, many not-for-profit voluntary and public interest organisations working with a variety of communities and on a range of issues met over the past several months to collate a People's Manifesto. Several meetings and discussions within and across sectors was the basis of preparing this Manifesto which is a distilled version of various progressive policies and measures that we feel people of Bengaluru deserves. The list of issues and concerns raised in the Manifesto are meant to be indicative and not all comprehensive.

We are encouraging Voters, Candidates and Public Spirited Campaigners to use this Manifesto as a basis to make a wise choice while participating in the BBMP elections.

The Manifesto is enclosed.

For enquiries on specific issues please contact:

Organisation Contact Person Ph Number Email
Action Aid Kshitij Urs 9845452242 Kshithij.Urs@actionaid.org
Alternative Law Forum Clifton D'Rozario 9448135832 clifton@altlawforum.org
Aneka Shubha Chacko 9243446105 shubha.chacko@gmail.com
Bengaluru Slum Janara Kriya Vedike Ganesh S 9342926841
Centre for Education and Documentation Walter Mendonza 9490753601 walter@doccentre.net
Veena veena@doccentre.net
Community Health Cell Sowmya K R 25531518 skssouharda@yahoo.co.in
Premdas E 25531518 premdas@sochara.org
Concerned for Working Children Kavita Ratna 9448990480 kavitaratna@gmail.com
Environment Support Group (Environment, Social Justice and Governance Initiatives) Leo Saldhana 9448377403 leo@esgindia.org
Bhargavi Rao 9448377401 bhargavi@esgindia.org
Garment and Textile Workers Union Jayaram K R 9845019056 gatwu@rediffmail.com
Hasiru Usiru Vinay Sreenivasa 9845568182 vinay.sreenivasa@yahoo.com
Sheshadri Ramaswamy 9880595032 prepress555@rediffmail.com
Janasahyog 22128569
Jana Arogya Andolana Karnataka Premdas E 25531518 premdas@sochara.org
Kilikili Kavita Krishnamoorthy 9880742028 kavitha@kilikili.org
Maraa Deepak Sreenivasan 9343763497 deep.srin@gmail.com
Nightingales Medical Trust Dr.Radha Murthy 9844037381 nightingales@vsnl.net, nightingalesmt@gmail.com
Parishkaran John Joseph 9449023257 john@parishkaran.org
Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled Ravi G 9886032928 ravi@samarthanam.org
Sangama Revathi 9945231491 sangama@sangama.org
Slum Jagattu Isaac Arul Selva 9480452037 slumjagatthu@gmail.com
The Avenue Road Traders Associations Sridhar G V 9845015036
Dileep Shah 9342880924 tarca1947@gmail.com
Urban Research Centre Gururaj Budhya 9448849353 gururajabudhya@gmail.com

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