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Politicians, bureaucrats need training to combat urban challenges: Prithviraj Chavan

Chavan said unless politicians and bureaucrats are trained to combat urban challenges, problems will remain unresolved leading to greater challenges.

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Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan said there was a need to sensitise and train politicians and bureaucrats to combat urban challenges.

Chavan said, “Politicians are not academically trained to handle complex issues especially with regard to urbanisation and globalisation. The situation today is that the State governments have not been empowering Urban Local Bodies. Meanwhile the onslaught of privatization on these civic bodies need to be halted at the earliest.” He was speaking on ‘Reimagining Democratic Politics’ at a conference organised by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences or TISS.

Chavan said unless politicians and bureaucrats are trained to combat urban challenges, problems will remain unresolved leading to greater challenges.

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TISS had invited distinguished speakers, academicians and experts from 12 countries and 30 cities to share their views on social inequality and other issues in urban centres and ways to combat them.

On day two of the conference, speakers discussed issues related to the experience of the urban poor as well as capacity of the state to manage the urban challenge in India and other cities of the Global South countries.

Dr Bharti Sharma, former chairperson of the child welfare committee said there is a need to provide proper training to elected women representatives for capacity building. “The major issue in India and its cities is that our elected bodies need to be more women friendly, which they are not right now. Women wings of political parties must be given greater importance. Leadership among the women coming from marginalised sections of the society must be cultivated through greater democratization of political parties and elected bodies,” said Sharma.

Professor Abdoumaliq Simone of Goldsmith University, London said there is an increasing tendency to use technical means to produce certainty in cities internationally. However, these initiatives actually produce more uncertainty especially among the poor. “The poor do not recognise themselves in any specific set or forms of rights. At the same time, their ability to act and survive depends on a particular kind of collective action.” he said.

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The conference which started from January 19 to 23, 2016, has been jointly organised by the Centre for Urban Policy and Governance, TISS, in partnership with Instituto de Pesquisa e Planejamento Urbano e Regional, Rio de Janeiro, and University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban.

First published on: 21-01-2016 at 02:14:36 am
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