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18 NGOs to work for good governance


The Times of India, Pune, 1st April, 2014


A total of 18 nongovernmental organizations (NGO) working in various fields in Pimpri Chinchwad have come together to form the Pimpri Chinchwad Citizens' Forum which vows to work towards the city's improvement.
 
The newly-formed body will take up issues related environment, heritage, traffic and transportation, citizen awareness, and the right to good governance. The forum was inaugurated by Pimpri Chinchwad municipal commissioner Rajeev Jadhav on Monday.
 
A total of 18 non-governmental organizations (NGO) working in various fields in Pimpri Chinchwad have come together to form the PCCF which vows to work towards the city's improvement. for the betterment of the city. It has been formed by a group of like minded youth with the sole aim of improving the social structure of the society.
 
"We aim to maintain harmony and keep intact the beauty of the city. PCCF wishes to support good governance in PCMC and related government offices," notes the PCCF statement.
 
Dhananjay Shedbale, convenor, PCCF said the forum seeks to get people to work together towards the betterment of society. "There is a need for environment conservation to prevent global warming and its ill-effects. We will make efforts to preserve and improve the city's environment," he said.
 
PCCF has formed 12 area-wise chapters and appointed convenors for them. It will also work on a public manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections. The manifesto, which will be presented to the candidates of Maval and Shirur constituencies, will focus on the demands of local citizens. The PCCF wants candidates to include points from this manifesto in their election manifestos.
 
Bilwa Deo, convenor, city structure and environment, Nigdi Pradhikaran Citizens Forum said, "We will work towards increasing public participation in the municipal corporation's budget, development plan (DP) of the city and suggestions about various proposals of the civic body."
 
Rajiv Bhavsar, trustee of Jaldindi pratishthan said the forum will soon launch its website to reach out to the youth and like-minded people. "It already has a Facebook page. The forum will try to put pressure on the authorities concerned to improve facilities," he said.