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Bihar: Know your MLA: Did he serve you?

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Atul Patankar

As reported at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 6 Oct, 2010

 

You will cast your vote from October 21 onwards to elect your representative in Bihar assembly. This is the time when candidates come knocking on your door to seek your support with a smile and a long list of promises. Once the deed is done, you will be saddled with the person elected for a long time to come.

 

Was your choice an informed one last time? Did you assess the candidate thoroughly before you voted? Many of them will be coming to you again. Were their pledges sincere? Or was it all tall promises and fake smiles?

 

The Times of India will empower you this time with the lowdown on your MLA. Now you can hold them accountable. How did they perform in the assembly? Did they reflect your concern and give you a voice? Did they involve you in the development work in your area? Going though the MLA Report Card, you can judge for yourself.

 

Under the MLA Local Area Development Fund, each MLA can spend up to Rs 1 crore on development works in his constituency each year. Did your MLA align this work with your needs and priorities? Or was it to help his cronies? In short, was public money well utilised or wasted?

 

The information has been accessed by NGO Satark Nagrik Sangathan (SNS), using RTI. SNS, a citizen's group that promotes transparency and accountability in government functioning, has been using RTI to enhance understanding of the role of elected representatives and encourage people to hold them accountable.

 

You can now judge if you really needed those parks when the roads in your colony were crumbling. Or if you got water when you really needed it. And what about the promised `baraat ghar'? Give your MLA a pat if he has performed well. Or tell him to get off and that you cannot be taken for granted. It will clean the system and give you a role in governance.

 

We kick off our new series, MLA Report Card, with an assessment of veteran politician Bijendra Prasad Yadav.

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