Mayor/ Chair Person
The last election in urban local bodies was held in the year 2006 and the details of elected representatives in urban local bodies are given as:
Nagar Palika Parishads
Transparency in Urban Local Bodies
Under the Right to Information Act 2005 Public Information Officers (PIOs) have been appointed in all the urban local bodies.
Any information/documents can be obtained by the citizens after paying the prescribed fees under RTI Act
Provision for Public Discloser Law has been made in all urban local bodies.
It may be noted that the present State of urban infrastructure is extremely poor in the state. Out of
628 urban local bodies, only 55 towns have partial sewerage system in place. Likewise, there is virtually no drainage system in any of the urban areas. Funds required for providing these facilities are enormous and cannot be provided by the State Government alone. According to an estimate, about Rs. 4700 crore is required for providing safe drinking water to residents in urban areas as per norms, Rs. 20654 crore for setting up an efficient sewerage system, Rs.17509 crore for a drainage system and Rs.1291 crore for solid
waste management system in all 628 urban local bodies in the State. There is urgent need for the urban local bodies to revamp their financial setup and begin to mobilize revenues through user charges so as to be able to access institutional funds for undertaking development works or else, life in the cities will become difficult in the days to come.
Efforts made by the State for improving the Revenue of the Local Bodies
The following steps have been taken to augment the financial resources of urban local bodies-
To augment the revenues of the urban local bodies from their own sources, constant monitoring is being done by the Director local bodies and also by the Principal Secretary of the urban development department. The Nagar Nigams have been asked to achieve the growth rate of 40 per cent while Nagar Palika Parishads and Nagar Panchayats have to achieve 30 percent growth in revenue receipts. The local bodies have been asked for total coverage of [ 393 ]