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City Mayors doing quarterly reporting in india becoming city ceos

One of things that I see in India is really absolutely no updates on city development from the mayors of the cities. The Mayors are elected representatives but they are completely over-shadowed by the political parties on the name of which they win. Any developments for the cities are announced by the chief ministers or the state minister responsible for the various departments of governance.

What I envisage is that the city Mayors along with his councillors conduct their city as a CEO conducts a corporation. Every year the city needs to present and publish its results. The earnings and the expenditure along with debt and other details. Similar to a budget speech, they need to present a program for the city and the development to be undertaken. Media and civil society should get a chance to ask about the various issues and progress of the ongoing projects and activities. This would provide transparency and also give impetus to proper planning and implementation of various projects by the city authorities.

Since, a lot of revenue is being generated by some global cities, their well being needs to be also given due care.

Especially in a country like India which has been having a tremendous boom over the last few decades, a lot more urban planning, green spaces, parks, beautification of residential area, upgrading of slums needs to have a huge focus other than building massive infra projects.

It is essential to have equitable growth and opportunities for different sections of society to have a flourishing city with less crime.

Hope the organisation and execution by the city authorities grows t o a corporate format with quarterly results and yearly appraisals to determine their credit ratings to raise debt or other purposes, so there is also sufficient pressure to ensure proper facilities to the urban citizens across the world!

Do you have a Social Responsibility plan?

Ever wondered — Do I have  a Social Responsibility plan?

Everyone of us would have heard about a retirement plan, a savings plan, an education plan or mostly an investment plan as soon as one joins a job and starts working. These are very good! Everyone must save or plan for their future..

But something just struck me as I was taking a bath and my mind churning with thoughts.. what I am doing for the society?? Good question! Probably I would have done some donations, very rarely for a paltry amount and that all about it?! No..no..I have always thought about helping people, people in need, maybe helping some poor kids get educated.. like they come up on newspapers after getting through CAT for an MBA or a UPSC exam for district collectors after toiling hard, coming from poorer backgrounds..help create such success stories..by helping kids who want to study..

Maybe another good thought of mine, is providing funds to NGOs plant trees and green up the cities, which we are polluting hard everyday! Maybe another is helping small entreprenuers by becomming their angel investor, helping them start a business and maybe share the fruits as well someday 😉

But all these good thoughts, is it good to have them all in the mind? .. is that all?? Maybe what they say is right, we are pretty good at idea’s but bad implementers..right?

Now, just re-tracting a bit to my opening statement, and comming up with this idea or thought that, why can’t we have a Social Service Plan or even better called – Social Responsibility Plan!  Maybe a mutual fund of Social Welfare Plans?

Wouldn’t it be great if an organisation comes up to us shows us plans from various NGOs/ self help groups working  towards different causes (I know each one has a soft corner for one type of social cause!) and gives us different options for investing (read …investing for the betterment of our communities/ society) for the International level causes and organisations, National Level, State Level and maybe the Community or City level causes..

We just pick and choose th causes and organisations we want to support and how much we want to pledge and what interval and sign it off and that’s it.. monthly an x- amount of funds is deducted from our savings account for these…

We would have an online account to see how our funds have worked, who or what is being supported and we would be able to change our investment options online!! Good idea isn’t it!!

I know its difficult to make time these days to research and do background checks of each company to invest it these days, isn’t it the same for with these NGOs.. the worst fear is that we pour in money for a cause and an NGO and finally see it being eaten away by a few corrupt people in the NGO!

So, I urge for some bigger NGOs to help people come up with a Social Responsibility Plan, where people can really give money to causes of their choice and they have no fear of being conned, have transparent access to data and see how these funds help the cause and have an option to change their plan when necessary..but overall pledge money on a regular basis, month-on-month to the society’s well-being… isn’t that a good idea?!