Study of the Functioning of Ward Committees in Bangalore

As per the 74th Constitutional Amendment or Nagarapalika Act, wards committees were supposed to be formed in all municipal corporations with more than three lakhs population to bring about greater decentralisation of functions, proximity of the elected representative and civic administration to citizens, and enhancement of people’s participation in local governance. However, wards committees have not been formed in any of the municipal corporations other than that of Bangalore, even after 10 years of the legislation in Karnataka, which is a gross violation of Constitutional provisions. In Bangalore, wards committees were functional for a short period between April 1999 and November 2001. This is a study of the wards committees that existed in Bangalore during this limited period.