Q.2 The functional autonomy of civic bodies must be increased and their governance structure strengthened. This could happen by ‘empowering them financially through higher resource availability. In the context of this, examine the challenges faced by the city governments and suggest the way forward. (15 Marks)

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  • https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/democratise-and-empower-city-governments/article38293949.ece
  • In the intro, mention important role played by the local governments in dealing with the pandemic.
  • In the body, mention the issues faced by the city governments such as financial problems due to lack of resources, lack of powers, the approach of treating cities as adjunct of state, lack of financial empowerment etc. In the suggestions mention allowing functional autonomy to the city governments, making available the financial resources etc.
  • Conclude by mentioning the need to ensure functional and financial autonomy of the local governments.
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Likhitha Patil
Likhitha Patil
3 months ago

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