OF THE total 272 councillors in the capital, not a single one has been rewarded with an A grade in a performance rating released on Monday. While only one councillor has been graded B (70 to 80 per cent), the rest fall in the C (less than 70 per cent) category and lower. The report card has been put together by Praja Foundation — “a non-partisan organisation working towards enabling accountable governance.”
Graded on their attendance, number of issues raised, criminal record and perceived performance, the councillors and the parties they represent in the three municipal corporations were assigned an average score.
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The top three performers are Rajni Mamtani (72.41 per cent) from the South Corporation, Seema Tahira (69.78 per cent) from the North and Simmi Jain (69.46 per cent) from SDMC. Those at the bottom card are Kamal from EDMC with 21.55 per cent, Parveen from EDMC with 26.97 per cent and Satwinder Kaur Sirsa from SDMC with 31.86 per cent. While the overall average score of male councillors is 56.85 per cent, the average score of female councillors is 54.87 per cent.
While the NCP is the top performer at 57.18 per cent, the ruling BJP, with a score of 57.05 per cent, performed only a shade better than the INC, which scored 55.48 per cent.
Emphasising on Delhi councillors neglecting the forum of decentralised governance, project director Milind Mhaske said, “Ward committees are the most immediate link of the public grievance redressal system wherein the councillors can find effective solutions for local issues. However, this forum is widely neglected across Delhi. In EDMC, the ‘weakest’ of the three corporations, it was as low as 55.8 per cent.”
Even though the total number of issues raised by the councillors is 18,055, every councillor has been graded either E or F on quality of issues raised. For example, between April 2015 and March 2016, 20,239 complaints were made on “nuisance” caused by stray animals but the issue has been raised only 372 times.