Delhi cabinet nod to Mohalla sabhas
Setting in motion the process of creating a new form of decentralised governance ahead of the municipal polls next year, the Delhi cabinet recently approved the formation of 2,972 mohalla sabhas across all 70 assembly constituencies in the city. The mohalla sabhas, to be notified soon, are likely to become functional entities by early August. Each sabha, covering 3,0006,000 residents, would be given funds and the power to identify schemes for the area. Last year, the Aam Aadmi Party government had experimented with a mohalla sabha pilot project in 11 assembly constituencies. In the run-up to the 2017 civic polls, AAP’s decision to make 2,972 sabhas functional could play a big role in amplifying the party’s presence on the ground. Mohalla sabhas will coordinate with government agencies for the execution of developmental works, identify and facilitate beneficiaries for social sector schemes, and solve grievances with the help of local officers.