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Here’s Top 10 and Bottom 10 performing Municipal Councillors In Mumbai

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Mumbai-based NGO Praja has released a report of 225 Municipal councillors from Mumbai by looking into various aspects of their work from 2017-2018.

The report card of 2018 is the first report card of the new term of MCGM to gauge their performance in their first year. As per the data, the top 3 Councillors in this list are females Kishori Pednekar (81.59%), Sweta Korgaonkar (79.22%), and Priti Satam. The data also points that 13 Councillors have not asked a single question in 2017-2018. The bottom performing councillor in this report is Shahnawaz Shaikh who got only 27.80% score.

Out of 225 councillors, 37 Councillors had a criminal record till December 2017 which is less as compared to 49 Councillors (2013-16).

Talking about the councillors report, Director at Praja Foundation Milind Mhaske said, “Praja’s Report Card matrix, which is the basis for the rankings given to Municipal Councillors of Mumbai, is a scale which includes parameters like attendance in the corporation and the committee meetings, the number of questions (issues) that she/he has raised in all legislative forums, utilization of budget, educational qualification, criminal records, income tax reports, and the perception/impression of the people in her/his constituency.”

Here are the top 10 Councillors In 2018:

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Here are the bottom  10 Councillors In 2018:

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Overall, average score of male councillors is 60.44% and the overall average score of female councillors is 59.02% in 2017-2018.

Managing Trustee, Praja Foundation Nitai Mehta said, “Annual floods, pot holes, TB deaths, dropouts from municipal schools, corruption at the ward level are serious issues that need to be addressed very urgently. There needs to be an introspection of the Performance of our elected representatives at all levels and a serious debate on their role and abilities to perform.”

“The report showed, Councillors are faring better than the previous term. However, more than 50% of Councillors asked less than 10 questions, and as many as 13 Councillors asked no questions in 2017-18”, added Mhaske.

The top three political parties fared well in the report of 2017-18 are INC (60.69%), BJP (60.31%), and Shiv Sena (60.25%). Whereas, the bottom three political parties in 2017-18 were AIMIM (30.68%), Akhil Bharatiya Sena (47.29%), Nationalist Congress Party (53.58%).

 

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Marathi actor nabbed for ‘vile posts’ against Maharashtra minister

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A small-time Marathi actor has been arrested in Thane for allegedly posting objectionable posts on the Facebook page of Maharashtra Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde, officials said on Tuesday.

The accused, identified as Mayuresh Kotkar, who has acted in some Marathi serials and films, was nabbed following a complaint lodged by Shiv Sena corporator Yogesh Jankar.

Jankar, in his complaint last Friday, said that Kotkar posted allegedly defamatory and inciteful content on the Facebook page of the minister which could have triggered violence between communities.

Following the plea, the Shreenagar police station investigated the matter and nabbed Kotkar. He was produced before a Thane court which sent him to judicial custody.

The ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi has been criticised over Kotkar’s arrest by several prominent personalities on social media.

The posts pertained to the proposal for the naming of the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport after the Shiv Sena founder-patriarch, Balasaheb Thackeray, who passed away in 2012.

Local villagers, comprising the Agri community, are strongly opposed to the proposal and have demanded that the airport should be named after a prominent local leader, Peasants & Workers Party (PWP) senior functionary and parliamentarian, Dinkar B. Patil, who had passed away in 2012.

Last week, the villagers protested by forming a 12-km-long human chain and have now threatened to lay a siege of the Konkan Bhavan on June 24 if their demand is not conceded.

Kotkar had joined the Agri protests and had also made several posts on social media networks, but after the Sena complaint, police deleted some of the objectionable content.

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Ripples in Maharashtra as poll strategist Prashant Kishor meets Sharad Pawar

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Maharashtra politics saw a flutter on Friday as much sought-after polls mastermind Prashant Kishor called on Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar and the duo broke bread over lunch here.

After the luncheon, both Pawar and Prashant Kishor, oft referred to as ‘PK’ in political circles, kept mum on their meeting, further fuelling speculation.

However, senior NCP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar brushed aside all gossip, noting that Kishor has already made it clear he will not be designing poll strategies for political parties in future.

Similarly, Shiv Sena Chief Spokesperson and MP Sanjay Raut said many political leaders are in contact with Kishor while other NCP and Congress leaders feigned ignorance over the discussion menu or the outcome.

This morning, Kishor called on Pawar at the latter’s Mumbai residence around 11 a.m. and the duo was closeted for nearly 3 hours before the NCP chief saw off his high-profile visitor.

The meeting triggered guesswork whether this could signal a preparation for the 2024 Lok Sabha and Maharashtra Assembly elections amid calls for putting up a united front of all Opposition parties to tackle the Bharatiya Janata Party challenge.

This was Kishor’s first meeting with a prominent Maharashtra leader after his poll strategies succeeded in handsome victories in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu for the Trinamool Congress and the DMK respectively, particularly since the NCP and Sena had thrown their weight behind Mamata Banerjee.

Kishor had met the Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray here shortly before he became the Chief Minister and enjoys close rapport with several leaders across parties in the state.

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Now, Maharashtra to give 50-year-old urban trees ‘heritage’ tag

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In a novel green initiative to conserve nature, the Maharashtra government has decided to accord ‘heritage’ tags to all trees which are 50-years old and more in urban centres, officials said here on Friday.

The state cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday approved a proposal to amend the Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Protection and Preservation of Trees Act, 1975, and incorporate the concept of ‘heritage trees’.

The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government has also decided to form a ‘Maharashtra Tree Authority’ which will be empowered to take all decisions regarding protection of trees.

“In order to maintain and foster the green cover in the state’s urban centres, we have passed the amendment that will safeguard the environment in all cities and provide a robust mechanism to protect heritage trees,” said Tourism and Environment Minister Aditya Thackeray.

He expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat for consistently giving weightage to sustainable development by amending existing laws to address the worldwide climate emergency or global warming.

“Any tree with an estimated age of 50 years or above, shall be classified as a ‘heritage tree’. They may belong to specific species, which would be notified periodically,” an official said.

The move comes barely 18 months after Mumbai witnessed a staggering 2,141 big and small trees being chopped off in less than 40 hours – or roughly one tree/per minute – by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (MMRCL) inside the Aarey Colony, in October 2019.

The Thackeray father-son duo, both nature lovers, was instrumental in drafting the proposed changes in the law to ensure safety of all old trees in urban landscapes.

The Environment and Climate Change Department along with the Forest Department will shortly prepare formal guidelines to determine the age of a tree.

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