Participatory Budgeting in Pune:
Participatory Budgeting programmes are innovative governance
processes. They can provide citizens with the opportunity to give
their inputs in resource allocation and to monitor public spending.
In Pune, the municipal corporation initiated participatory budgeting
in 2005. Citizens identify projects spending priorities and submit
these to their local civic offices / representatives who transform
community priorities into concrete project proposals as appropriate.
programme of the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industry and
Agriculture and CEE have assisted in instituting participatory
budget processes in Pune. The approach thus far has been to help
institute and strengthen municipal systems for citizen involvement
in planning for ward level civic projects. CEE has taken up citizen
mobilization through e-groups and community meetings. Other
activities include documentation on film
http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=18MzWtKcJ2c, print and electronic
articles, wiki pages
and research / study projects by faculty and students of economics
and political science at the University of Pune and at the College
of Engineering Pune.