We have launched a Capacity Building Programme in the Kolkata
Municipal Corporation. It is meant to add strength and vigour
to the civic body. Ours is an old organization, one of the
oldest of its kind in the country. With age comes obsolescence.
The Capacity Building Programme is meant to renew our energy
and to re-invigorate our limbs. The Department for International
Development (DFID), Government of United Kingdom, has been
helping us in this programme and we are grateful to them.
We present now the vision and the strategy paper for this
Capacity Building Programme. This is a road map for us. We
present in this paper an omnibus perspective, as well as
sectoral action plans. The paper provides the milestones
for the future and provides the anchors and the moorings
for our journey ahead.
Sri Alapan Bandyopadhyay, IAS, the Municipal Commissioner,
has ably led the team that has prepared the document. Sri
Sahidul Islam, the Joint Municipal Commissioner (Development)
has worked painstakingly to produce the draft. Our consultants,
the KPMG etc, have worked hard. The contributions from the
different Members of the Mayor-in-Council, our Borough Chairmen
and the Controlling Officers and staff across the organization
are acknowledged. They have deliberated upon the contents
of the document over the months. The DFID officials have
also enriched us with their suggestions. It is a collective
effort. We propose to steer ourselves with the vision and
strategy that we now present.
Let this volume be treated as Volume-I of a series
of booklets that we intend to publish one by one. In the succeeding
volumes, we shall present our specific action programmes/circulars/orders/notifications
in different directions.
(Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharyya)