Municipalities and Urban Development Bodies need to work with businesses to be effective and sustainable: FISME
Meerut, Dec 6 (KNN) Whereas municipalities around the world are at the forefront in supporting economic activities in the cities, businesses and urban development bodies (UDBs) work in silos in India adversely impacting quality of life.
Speaking at the first of its kind Conference on ‘Meerut City Development: Issues, Challenges and Way Forward’ organized by Meerut Citizens Forum in Meerut on Tuesday the 5th Dec 2017, Secretary General of Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME) Mr. Anil Bhardwaj said that no sustainable governance model of Municipalities was possible without active engagement with businesses and MSMEs as not only did they pay taxes, but created jobs and made voluntary contributions towards public goods.
Citing several cases from China and UK, he hammered the need for closer interaction between the Municipalities/ UDBs and the businesses and industry.
The Conferences was inaugurated by Mr. Shri Rajendra Agarwal,Member of Parliament (Meerut) and was also addressed by Dr. Prabhat Kumar, Divisional Commissioner and Mr. Manoj Kumar Chauhan, Municipal Commissioner of Meerut.
India’s leading NGO working on the capacity building of UDBs, the Bangalore based Janaagraha, was the knowledge partner of the conference.
Janaagraha presented Annual Survey of India's City-Systems evaluation of cities. Meerut was ranked 14th amongst list of 22 Indian cities compared to Kanpur (8th rank) and Lucknow (17th rank) in this Benchmarking Study.
‘’IChangeMyCity Meerut’ mobile and web app was also launched during the conference. Through the app citizen can lodge their complaints and keep a track of them. They can also collaborate through it on common issues.
In his welcome address, Shri Vivek Singhal, President, Meerut Citizens Forum shared that the Key Focus Area of the organization is implementation of ongoing projects which have a direct impact on quality of life of citizens. He gave an example of Kanwar Marg project to drive home the point that projects suffer huge delays due to lack of coordination between various departments. He said that another important focus area of MCF is bringing best practices from around India to Meerut, of which IChangeMyCity is an example.