What Can One Arun Bhatia Do?

Its NOT 1, We Will Be 15,000

The criticism made by the major parties against an independent is that "one man is powerless" regardless of the caliber of the contestant. It is a convenient argument and allows major parties to field men much less competent or honest than the independents. Gullible voters believe this and either vote for bad leaders or not vote at all. 8 lakh did not vote last time. And when a good man contests they ask him what will one man do!

We have the answer ready. One man will organize more than 15,000 citizens who will change the governance of Pune. Pune will be changed and managed through citizen committees in partnership with the media and the judiciary.

What can one Arun Bhatia Do?

Get ready to own this city

Today we have INDIRECT citizen empowerment where citizens only vote and then beg elected representatives and bureaucrats for help. I will bring DIRECT empowerment where citizens will control govt. offices after election.

The entire governance of Pune will be reformed by setting up a parallel governance system. All departments and offices in Pune especially Police, Revenue, Town Planning, PMC, Labour, Industry, Health, Education and Environment will be monitored and brought under citizen control. A citizen budget will be enforced, if necessary through courts. Offices will be inspected by citizen committees and corrupt or bad officials will be prosecuted.

I will guide, organize and set up the citizen committees.

A TRUE STORY OF CITIZEN POWER

A young lady, holding English language classes was being harassed by the police because she had dared to refuse admission to the daughter of a police official. The lady was charged with cheating etc. and arrested. She paid Rs. 7,000 for being taken to the magistrate on a holiday.

The police refused to register her complaint. Then 5 citizens went with her to the police station and informed the Sub-Inspector that if the complaint (FIR) of the lady was not registered the citizens would jointly prosecute the Sub-Inspector by directly moving the court.

The complaint was registered within 15 minutes.

This is what we mean by citizen monitoring committees. (See below)

NEW PUNE GOVERNANCE MODEL

50 Police Committees (20 members each) for police stations ..1,000 citizens Examples: If serious complaints of assault, threats, wife beating, police harassment etc. are not registered, the Police Inspector and Commissioner will be given legal notices and prosecuted within 15 days.

400 Water Supply Committees (20 members each) ........... 8,000 citizens Prepare budget for fitting pipes and pumps in all water starved areas, enforce priority in expenditure by prosecuting Standing Committee members and Commissioner for violating duty priorities in Municipalities Act and for damages per citizen family of Rs. 200 per day.

2 Finance Committees (20 members each) .....................40 citizens Prepare citizens budget, ensure funding request from C. Govt. according to citizen priorities as endorsed by court, prepare domestic and international loan proposals.

Similar committees for sewage management, river development and tourism, roads, environment, health, slum rehabilitation, physical audit of PMC works, court cases, media, other departments ........... about 5,000 citizens.

At least 15,000 citizens, experts and NGO members will be involved in governing and modernizing the city. Partnership with the judiciary will be ensured by group action in pursuing litigation and by close media coverage.

You think this is IMPOSSIBLE ?

You will never know until you try it. Is it better to leave the mess and gross inefficiencies as they are?

Is it better you keep electing the same old parties so that change never comes about for 100 years?

Don't simply keep debating and living in the mess. I'm willing and able to bring about the change. Are you ready for the change? You have the power to let me bring about the change.

Ultimately Supporting the best candidate is better than letting the worse one win!