Dear Gita,
This is shocking. And what do U mean by gearing up for reformed ordinary
citizenship? What is all this? R U all giving up? From what I undersatnd of
ur letter is that things R just too bad for U to want to continue! And this
just when I was telling people to wait & see that there were going to be
just enough professional heads to object to the imminent notification of the
DMP 2021! Is this all we acan expect---blaming RWAs and then throwing up the
towel and leaving them to give opinions and make decisions!
Indeed, I do hope I am wrong in understanding it the way I seem to have.
Aruna Bhowmick,
Concerned Citizen (in constant terror of Noise, Pollution, Politicians and

On 9 Jan 2007 04:13:10 -0000, Kashyap Mankodi <[email protected]>


On Mon, 08 Jan 2007 Gita Dewan Verma wrote :


mpisg 2000-2006



[post on behalf of mpisg conveners]



master plan implementation support group, mpisg, has
decided to wind up



mpisg started from a research method to document MPD-2001
revision as part of a larger chronicle of transitions in planning and

grew into

a synergy platform for groups of ordinary citizens to pursue their MPD
entitlements by due processes open to all ordinary citizens. a large

amount of

work emanated from mpisg. as of now, no pending matter is being dropped.


internal and professional contracts have been suspended so mpisg


can re-negotiate them without restrictions that came with synergy and
re-organise if and as they wish. (the decision to wind up is really the
decision of mpisg conveners and their steno-cum-planner, all of whom are


will soon be 50-ish, to retire to pastimes befitting their age).



the obvious reason for deciding to wind up is imminent
notification of MPD-2021.



mpisg had responded to MPD-2021 public notice with
detailed objections to various chapters showing how exactly they abandon
entitlements and solutions to legislate problems to suit the alliance of


among governments that neglected to enforce entitlements, realty

interests in

the land meant for solutions, and the organized-civil-society edifice


thrives on problems. mpisg considers MPD-2021 a mistress plan set up by


alliance that is expanding in mission-mode: in delhi it has set JNURM and


Act 2005 rolling, enacted the Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act 2006 to


the USAID-sponsored MCD Bill, forced into MPD-2001 changes that strike at


basis of its development code and land use based regulation. The manner


which sealing and demolition drives were deployed to convey inevitability


the MPD-2021 to make problems intractable is instructive (also for those
watching the current goings-on in, say, West Bengal or by way of the


candle-lightings of the path to police reforms).



the real reason for mpisg
decision to wind up is that mpisg has only ordinary citizens.



mpisg has always had few successes and many distresses.
the best of 2006 were the Arjun Camp judgment, some CIC decisions and a


stalling successes. the worst were lawless evictions and some personal


at a different level, the worst was recurrent glimpses of atrophy in our
systems (besides anomie or what some prefer to call invisible-hand in our


leading to the recurrent idea that ordinary citizens might as well take a


while the alliance cuts its deals and completes its takeover. then there


two amusing developments at end of 2006: one, we learned civil-society


have launched a new-delhi-people-alliance to make master plan and a


said we better wind up before we get mistaken for that privatize-planning
affair. two, sibling synergy-platform in uttaranchal issued curtain-call


proper business enterprise was visited by bigwig ngo wanting to give

prize to

call it local-community-dvpt-effort and, after booting the ngo out for
temerity, the business-community learned state had already given itself


for same.



in 2007, besides winding up, we hope to gear up for reformed



we figure there are two types of reforms being pushed in
mission-mode: the core ones for transition from land use based regulation


land ownership based one (for which statutory planning is being subverted


favour of private/participatory planning) and ancillary ones for data and


disclosure and participation laws. we have extensively engaged, besides

on MPD,

also on RTI (in 2006) and on the Bhagidari program (since 2000) in delhi.

so we

are able to visualize what might be. we expect that:

* there will be no development law and hence no
entitlements or solutions in law and no statutory duties owed in


for ordinary citizens to invoke

* there will be shifting goal-posts, with organized
cso/ngo empowered to shift them in private/participatory planning in


ordinary citizens will have no separate say

* by participation laws cso/ngo will dominate
decision-making as well as media and courts while atrophied local bodies


reduce to their data bankers and independence of the professions and


in politics will get redefined

* the ordinary citizen will have the right to elect
representatives to do what cso-ngo tell (and experts, media and courts


and the right to know (or, rather, to ask)



we figure that practicing ordinary-citizenship in times to
come will thus hinge on duties under participation and disclosure laws.


practice (and also because we figure things could be less confusing /


if cso-ngo are the only people-representatives and the actual / invisible
decision-makers are dragged into the purview of RTI), we are mulling two


(a) refuse-to-vote and (b) did-you-RTI-today.



happy 2007.






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