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Pune, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram top in terms of quality of governance: Janaagraha

New Delhi, Mar 14 (UNI) Pune , Kolkata and Thiruvananthapuram have topped in terms of the quality of governance that includes the functioning of the municipalities and other systems that run the city, says a survey.

Janaagraha's Annual Survey of the cities of India's city Systems (ASICS) 2017 has revealed that there has been an improvement in city systems, but at a very slow pace. Janaagraha, a Bengaluru based non profit released the fifth edition of its ASICS report.The report underlines the need for sharp focus on city systems or institutional reforms to city governance in the cities.

The study which evaluates quality of governance in the cities, in its fifth edition, covered 23 cities in the country across the 20 states based on 89 questions. Indian cities scored between 3.0 and 5.1 on 10, with Pune topping the charts for the first time.
Other cities that came in the top five include Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Bhubaneswar and Surat, with scores in the range of 4.6 to 4.5. Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Patna and Chennai constituted the bottom five cities with scores in the range of 3.0 to 3.3 on 10.
ASICS measures the preparedeness of cities to deliver high quality infrastructure and services in the long term by evaluating city systems of spatial planning and design standards, municipal finance, municipal staffing, political leadership at the city level and transparency and citizen participation, Anil Nair, Deputy Head, Advocacy and Reforms at Janaagraha.

According to the non profit organisation that has been involved in such surveys for the past three years, the root cause for the quality of life not improving the cities is the 'slow pace' of the governance system reforms.
The organisation also stated the five issues that hampered the reforms in the big cities that included lack of modern framework, poor human resource management, absence of citizen participation in the decision making and no actual power in the hands of Mayors , and the councils. They also stated that the human resource system in the municipalities was also broken that sffected their working.

Municipal Commissioners on an average have a tenure of one year in a city , whereas it takes time to access the problems and bring out effective solution to it, they added. In comparison to world cites like Johannesburg, the survey organisation said that wherever the Mayors and the city councils were powerful, they have balanced their systems.
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