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Analysis of Community Participation Law

Researchers: Subodh Wagle, Smita Waingankar and Yacoub Zachariah School of Habitat Studies, TISS

As part of the JNNURM, Government of Maharashtra enacted the Community Participation Law (CPL) to increase decentralisation in urban governance following the spirit of the 74th Constitutional Amendment Act. The law was expected to decentralise governance functions and strengthen citizens’ participation in Ward Committees. The objective of this paper was to generate wider debate on the Community Participation Law, especially around the issues of structure, formation, functions and powers of Ward Committees and Area Sabhas (the new institutional mechanism). The document aimed to provide the knowledge-base to create an informed, analytically-sound, and state-wide debate, which then could be converted into citizen action.

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