Dear NGO Council Member,
Sub: 6 April: Meeting of the NGO Council at 11:30 am, to review the working
of the Mou between the MCGM-NGO Council
A meeting of the NGO Council has been scheduled on Thursday, 6th April 2006,
from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Conference Room, BMC Annexe
Building, 3rd floor, Fort.
You may recall that the last meeting of the NGO Council was held on 22nd
Dec.2005, just after signing an MoU with the BMC, that marked a new way of
collaborative working with the BMC on civic issues. The past three months
have seen several new initiatives undertaken between MCGM and the NGO
Council, based on the main principles of the MoU that promote Good City
The most recent of these initiatives includes the Charter for the MCGM -
Local Area Citizens Group Partnership 2006 that has come into effect from
1st April 2006. It may be useful to discuss how LACGs, as a "citizen
unit", can be useful for the social or civic activity your NGO is
A draft Public Health policy for Mumbai is also in the final stages and your
inputs on that would be appreciated.
The BMC Solid Waste Rules 2006 that were notified on 1st March 2006 was also
prepared in close consultation with the NGO Council, and a sub-group on
Cleanliness that was formed for the purpose.
The mechanisms for working on the above and for other issues taken up by the
NGO Council has been through a systems of comments and discussions via the
e-group, leading to the formation of a smaller working group that has
meetings, internally, and with MCGM officials, and with other
experts/individuals as required. Such a system of working has proven to be
effective with meaningful results achieved in a relatively short period. Any
further suggestions and feedback from you on methods of working for the NGO
Council would be appreciated.
One of the next issues that is proposed to be undertaken by the NGO Council
is Disaster Management, and the MCGM is keen to work closely with civil
society organisations, to strengthen and augment its Disaster management
Plan for the city.
We could also discuss how the NGO Council could take up other matters with
BMC or other government bodies.
Also, while a lot of information has been obtained from the BMC and has been
duly circulated, if there is other existing or future information that you
think should be obtained, do let me know.
The LACG Charter and the Public Health Policy and the BMC - NGO Council MOU
are all online in www.karmayog.org
Sorry for the short and sudden notice for this meeting but this opportunity
has come up because 6th April is a holiday, and Mr. Subrat Ratho, Additional
Municipal Commissioner, BMC, has been kind enough to make available the BMC
Conference Room as well as has agreed to participate in the discussion
pertaining to how the MCGM - LACG Partnership can be useful for the social
and civic issues that your NGO deals with.
Do email and inform whether you are attending or not.
If you are unable to attend, do email your comments and feedback on the LACG
Looking forward to your presence.
Thanks and Regards