Why do we need LACG, while ALMs / LACC system is working
well in an area?
absence of clearly defined criteria, including the minimum geographical
area to be represented by a citizen group, and a clear set of rules
institutionalizing the ALM / LACCs as an integral part of the MCGM
structure and functioning, restricted the potential and effectiveness
of the ALM / LACCs. Also if ALMs were formed to cover the entire
area of Mumbai, the number of ALMs would become unmanageably too
many. However, LACGs covering a larger area are manageable in number.
Hence LACGs would better facilitate community involvement in disaster
management as well as other civic issues.
the need for a new name i.e. LACG? Why not retain ALM as the name?
is a fundamental difference in terms of scope, size and administrative
structures and procedures of the two. Moreover, all ALMs may not
be interested in this new concept. So if these new organizations
were to be also called ALMs, it would mean that all ALMs who do
not register again would have to be de-registered.
continue to exist even when there is an LACG formed in an area or
that do not register, as LACGs will be equivalent to any other citizen
group e.g. a Resident Association with effect from 1st
June 2006. It should be noted that individual ALM members or group
of ALMs can come together form an LACG for their area. Even if no
LACG formed in an area, Nodal Officer will be appointed to take
care of complaints / suggestions.
the geographical area covered by the LACGs different from that of
the ALMs boundaries were not clearly or formally defined. They generally
covered a smaller area within their vicinity. However, LACGs will
have clearly defined boundaries demarcated so as to cover the entire
Ward, as indicated by the LACG area maps.
system lacked adequate co-operation of the BMC officials. How can
the LACG concept overcome this hurdle?
from the inadequacies regarding communication and co-operation of
the earlier system, the LACG concept will also incorporate a training
module for existing BMC officials who will form a part of the LACG
structure i.e. the Nodal Officers. This training will address not
only capacity building for existing officials who will be appointed
as Nodal Officers but also behavioral aspects.
be converted to LACGs directly or do they have to increase their
size so as to exactly fit the LACG area?
ALM can always form an LACG for the area it wishes to represent,
provided it has the support of the citizens of that area. However,
if another group wishes to represent the area represented by the
ALM, in addition to other areas within that LACG area, then the
group covering the larger area, in total, will be given a preference
to form an LACG.
Convenor, NGO Council
Shreeniwas House, 2nd Floor,
Behind Bombay Gymkhana,
H. Somani Road
Mumbai 400 001
Chief Nodal Officer
Shri A. G. Hire, Deputy Municipal Commissioner
6th floor, Mahanagar Palika Marg,
Opp. CST, Fort,
Mumbai 400 001