GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1327
TO BE ANSWERED ON JULY 27, 2017
CORRUPTION AND MALGOVERNANCE INLOCAL BODIES
Will the Minister of HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS be pleased to refer to answer to Unstarred Question 2426 given in the Rajya Sabha on the 31st July, 2014 and state:
(a) whether Government is aware that many Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) have rampant corruption and mal-governance and in many cases, captured by vested interests like builders; and
(b) if so, whether Government would consider reviewing 74th Constitution(Amendment) Act (Part IX-A) to structurally reform urban governance in view of the fact reforming urban governance, ensuring citizen participation and transparent use of public assets and money at the ULB level is missing in many cities?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN MINISTRY OF HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS
(RAO INDERJIT SINGH)
(a) The Government recognizes the importance of eradication of corruption in the country. In so far as corruption and malgovernance in Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) is concerned, the State Governments / ULBs are competent to take appropriate steps under relevant State laws.
(b) There is no such proposal as of now. Urban Development is a State subject and Government of India has been supporting the efforts of State Governments in improving urban governance, ensuring citizen participation and transparency through various reform oriented schemes.