Ward panel issue taken to High Court

The petitioners in a batch of PILs filed in connection with solid waste management informed the High Court of Karnataka on Wednesday that none of the names, of the 500 and odd names sent for the nomination of ward committee members, has been accepted by the BBMP.

The petitioners have complained that corporators are choosing members of their family and relatives as ward committee members affecting the progress of the ward. 

The ward committee members are meant to be the watchdogs of the ward who would have to monitor the work of the corporators, but if the corporator’s kith and kin are appointed as committee members, there would be no complaints about their work. In most of the wards, husbands of the corporators have become the defacto leaders and proxy to their corporator wives.

One of the counsel for the petitioners said that the ward committee members should have the qualification of  a corporator and should not be a disqualified corporator.

A division bench comprising Justice Jayant Patel and Justice S Sujatha directed the petitioners to approach the court with these issues after BBMP completes the procedure of nominating the ward committee members in the remaining 67 wards of the total 198.

With regard to the complaints about disruption by miscreants in managing the dry waste collection centre, the bench directed BBMP to ensure that there is no mismanagement at these centres. The bench adjourned the next hearing of the batch of PILs on the garbage issue on July 19.

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