Task cannot be accomplished without the active involvement of Local Government : Kamal Nath
The Urban Development Minister has said that the role of Local Government is crucial in distribution and management of civic amenities, especially with growing urbanisation. Mr Kamal Nath was speaking at the 29th Board Meeting of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) in Belize City on 17th May 2012. The Minister emphasised that at present the Indian economy is generating great opportunities in terms of investment with huge market potential leading to urbanisation and this in turn is posing new challenges for equitable distribution of resources and management of civic amenities. He said this task cannot be accomplished without the active involvement of Local Government. The Minister said that India is committed to the core values of local democratic principles, which governs the federal democratic structure of the country. The urban local government in India alone elects more than 70,000 representatives through a fair and non partisan election. The 74th constitutional amendment act ensures the Aberdeen Principle of ‘defined legislative framework’ for the local bodies thereby ensuring that local government have appropriate powers in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity. Mr. Nath highlighted the need for greater regional co-operation and sharing of good practices amongst Commonwealth countries which share a special bond, history and control values. The CLGF Board meeting is being attended by the representatives from Canada, Bahamas, Mauritius, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, Ghana, Uganda, and UK. Mr Kamal Nath had a meeting with the Prime Minister of Belize Mr Dean Barrow on the issues of mutual co-operation and fostering friendship. Mr. Nath also met HE Kamla Persad-Bissessar Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago. CLGF was established by the CHOGM in 1995 in response to moves towards greater decentralisation and local democracy in Commonwealth countries. As a membership organisation it brings together representatives from local government associations, individual councils, academics and ministers of local government.