Devika Kher (for Info only, not official)

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    ...Pradeep Gaur/Mint Shashi Tharoor’s move to raise a private member bill to amend the 74th amendment comes as a breath of fresh air in the stalemate that is municipal governance in India. Even though it was a significant move towards deeper federalism, the original amendment did not have a major impact on the political dominance of mayors. To bring about a significant change, the power structure at the state and municipal levels will have to be reimagined. It has been 24 years since the 74th amendment to the Indian Constitution was passed. The amendment recognises municipal corporations as independent bodies and defines the relationship between governments at the Union, state and municipal levels. Even though the amendment highlights the need for mayors, municipal planning bodies and municipal corporations, it still leaves cities mostly under the supervision of state legislatures. The role of a mayor even though highlighted in the amendment continues to remain highly titular. ...

    Live Mint on Jan. 16, 2017, 2:08 p.m.