Parbhani: ( Dt.12) The Maharashtra Ward Sabha Act, 2009 is a legislation that empowers citizens at the ward level to participate in decision-making processes and monitor local development activities. It aims to promote decentralization, transparency, and accountability in local governance.
Establishment of Ward Sabhas: The Act provides for the establishment of ward sabhas in each ward of a local body such as a Municipal Corporation, Municipal Council, or Nagar Panchayat in Maharashtra.
Composition of Ward Sabhas: Ward sabhas generally consist of residents, representatives of local community-based organizations, and elected ward councilors. The Act may specify the exact composition and representation criteria for ward sabhas.
Meetings and Frequency: Ward sabhas are required to hold regular meetings to discuss and deliberate on local issues, development plans, and civic matters. The Act may specify the frequency of these meetings, such as monthly, quarterly, or as deemed necessary.
Participation and Decision Making: The Act emphasizes active participation and involvement of citizens in the decision-making process. Ward sabhas provide a platform for residents to voice their concerns, opinions, and suggestions related to local development, infrastructure, public services, and other matters affecting the community.
Discussion of Local Issues: Ward sabhas focus on discussing and addressing local issues and challenges faced by the residents of the ward. This may include discussions on topics such as sanitation, water supply, roads, public health, education, public safety, and other relevant matters.
Monitoring of Development Works: The Act may empower ward sabhas to monitor the progress of ongoing development works in the ward. This includes overseeing the implementation of projects, ensuring quality standards, and verifying that funds allocated for development purposes are utilized effectively.
Grievance Redressal: Ward sabhas often serve as platforms for residents to raise grievances and seek redressal for their issues. The Act may outline the procedure for submitting complaints, addressing grievances, and coordinating with local authorities for prompt resolution.
Transparency and Accountability: Ward sabhas promote transparency in local governance by sharing information about development plans, budgets, and progress reports with the residents. They also aim to enhance accountability by holding local authorities responsible for their actions and decisions.
In this way we need to come together to face the problems of our ward. Hope we all try to solve the problems of our ward together to solve our daily life problems.