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Push for residents’ role

Rights and privileges come with responsibilities and duties.

Mayor Asha Lakra reminded this to a crowd of 40-odd people in Ranchi on Monday as she spoke during a session on urban governance.

“Residents have a lot of expectations from Ranchi Municipal Corporation, but they too need to do their bit,” said the mayor.

The daylong programme — Towards City Parliament — was organised by the urban resource centre of Ekjut, an NGO working on health issues and empowerment of marginal communities.

Explaining the aim of hosting such a session, Ziauddin Khan of Ekjut said that the 74th amendment of the Constitution sought to strengthen urban governance and management of service.

“Despite there being a provision for accommodating citizen’s participation through ward committees, urban self-governance remained limited in many states,” he added.

Balram, state advisor to the Supreme Court appointed commissioners, said the poor were part of urban population and should be included while making any plan.