Video: Municipal Legislative ‘Reform’ through the Lens of Politics and Techno-Bureaucratic Processes

The State of Cities – #CityConversations with Vinay Baindur on Municipal Legislative ‘Reform’ through the Lens of Politics and Techno-Bureaucratic Processes


#IMPRI Center for Habitat, Urban and Regional Studies (CHURS), IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi invites you to a #WebPolicyTalk series –

The State of Cities – #CityConversations

Municipal Legislative ‘Reform’ through the Lens of Politics and Techno-Bureaucratic Processes

Details of the #WebPolicyTalk:

Date: March 23, 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m. IST
Platform: Zoom and Facebook Live


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Vinay Baindur
Researcher and Activist,
Urban Reforms, Governance, Water Reforms, and Policy


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Prof Manjula Bharathy
Centre for Urban Policy and Governance,
School of Habitat Studies,
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai

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Dr Anant Maringanti
Hyderabad Urban Lab



Dr Soumyadip Chattopadhyay
Associate Professor, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan;
Visiting Senior Fellow, IMPRI, New Delhi

Abstract: Municipal Legislative ‘Reform’ through the Lens of Politics and Techno-Bureaucratic Processes

In India, different municipal legislations and the processes of how they are passed in the Union Government, the Parliament, or the state legislatures, illustrate a wide variation in the role of bureaucracy, the legislature, civil society, academia, etc. This talk will present a case study of such instances, and their implications for government, assemblies, and parliament. This will be addressed through the example of the 65th CAA (as passed by the Lok Sabha-1989), 74th CAA (passed by LS/ RS and 2/3rd state assemblies-1992-93), the specimen (model) municipal law 2002-03- by USAID, and passed by various state governments.

The speaker has used a variety of original and secondary source materials as well as replies to RTI from various institutions and Ministries of Government, etc, for over 60-70 questions to illustrate these cases. Different key publications, reports, and legislative measures have also been examined for this. As there is constant pressure on states to introduce new reforms, the speaker believes it will become increasingly important to identify which are those processes that could be used to point the way ahead.

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  • Arjun Kumar

    Arjun Kumar is the Director of the Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), New Delhi. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. With training in development economics, he specialises in quantitative and qualitative research methods, econometrics and the use of statistical software to crunch big data. He has been a Visiting Faculty at the Institute for Human Development (IHD) amongst others and has been associated with several think tanks, research institutes, governments, civil society organisations, and private enterprises. He is President of a Jharkhand based NGO (registered in 2010), Manavdhara- a youth social organisation working for humanitarian causes in backward regions and for marginalised communities. He has also taught Economics at the University of Delhi. His research interests are in the economy, development studies, housing and basic amenities, urban and regional research, inclusive and sustainable development, data and evidence-based policy, and, research methods. He has several research publications to his credit and has experience of being involved in research projects of international and national repute. He is also a member and part of various government and non-government formed committees, groups, and advisory boards overseeing the deliberation as subject matter expert and for possessing strong research acumen. He is an avid writer and frequently writes on various dimensions of economic issues, policies, and their impact for several eminent media platforms.

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