Administration in Pune
We often look for a nice house/ apartment in as decent an area as we afford, near which we will have facilities and amenities available. These include schools, hospitals, markets, bus stops, metro stops, gardens, other entertainment avenues like malls, multiplexes, restaurants, recreation halls. And the list goes on. We hope civic services will be good like electricity, water supply, garbage disposal, roads, public transportation.
It is interesting, even to me that I clubbed together one block of amenties, and then another which I termed as “civic” amenities – those which I expect my municipal corporation to provide. This is our typical expectation in India, I think. The Stalin administration in East Germany provided all of the above. Even including state run discos.
Public transport is poor that most people expect to own their own private vehicles, Everybody who can afford it go to private schools and hospitals. The case is the reverse is many developed countries. Just a thought – if I use solar power / my own generator, and harvest my rain-water to suffice my needs, and live frugally with my composting pit – do I need my Municipal Corporation only to keep records of my property and my birth and death ?
Let us leave that silly, unrealistic, simplistic thought there and proceed. East Germany had its own problems with communism, and India is free and full of hope. Pune is a vibrant city with lots to offer. No wonder then it consistently draws people to work and settle down here.
We have a strong, democratic base. And to be able to harness it to get our rights as citizens, we need to understand our responsibilities.
Let’s take a look at the administrative and electoral layout of Pune.
Pune is administered by Pune Municipal Corporation. There are 152 corporators. The Mayor is the titular head, but the executive power is actually vested with the Municipal Commissioner appointed by the state – an IAS officer.
A sister administrative body is the PCMC – the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. Also in the vicinity are the Pune Cantonment, Khadki Cantonment Board and the Dehu Road Cantonment Board military settlements.
All these areas comprise the newly coined Pune Metropolitan Area. To better cater to the region – e.g – For a new airport. Over time, the surrounding villages have been merged into the PMC and PCMC. After the proposed addition of 15 more villages into the PMC it will become the largest municipal corporation in the state by area.
Pune has 76 wards. Each ward has 2 corporators.
A list of the elected members can be found here:
Similarly, PCMC has 64 wards. A list of these wards (in 2014) is here
PCMC seems to have done a good job with the data. If you want to know which ward your locality is in, you can get it here
For the list of elected representatives for each ward:
These are the functions we expect of the Municipality:
- Water supply
- Over bridge
- Street lighting
- Solid waste
- Fire brigades
- Market places and
- Records of births and deaths
- Primary Health Care
The Bigger Picture
Now lets come to Pune district.
Pune district (zilla) comprises of 15 talukas(tehsil), including the 2 city talukas for Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. Geographically, these 2 cities finds itself in Haveli taluka. The talukas has a town which provide administrative services to the region.
These 15 talukas are divided into 5 subdivisions:
Then, Pune has 21 seats in the Legislative Assembly, roughly mapping to these talukas, and more. A list can be found here:
As can be seen from this list too, Pune district is associated with 4 Lok Sabha consituencies:
As can be seen, the Pune seat covers only regions from Pune city.
Baramati and Shirur cover regions only in Pune district, but Maval seat covers regions in Pune and Raigad district.
So there are 675 districts in India, and 543 Lok Sabha seats.
District officials include:
- the Deputy Commissioner or District Magistrate or District Collector, an officer of the Indian Administrative Service, in charge of administration and revenue collection
- the Superintendent of Police or Deputy Commissioner of Police, an officer belonging to the Indian Police Service, responsible for maintaining law and order
- the Deputy Conservator of Forests, an officer belonging to the Indian Forest Service, entrusted with the management of the forests, environment and wildlife of the district.
Each of these officials is aided by officers of the appropriate branches of state government.
Lets take an example:
So for a locality like Premlok Park in PCMC, Chinchwad, Pune, these are the details, as of September 2014:
Ward No. / Name : Ward no. 21 / Dalavinagar, B zone office.
Corporators : Corporator A – Londhe Ganesh Narayan (INC)
Corporator B – Shamim Pathan (Pathanbai)
PCMC Commissioner : Mr.Rajeev Jadhav (IAS), M.Tech
PCMC Mayor : Hon. Mohinitai Vilas Lande (Mayor)
PMC Commissioner : Mr. Kunal Kumar (IAS)
PMC Mayor : Mrs. Chanchala Sandeep Kodre
Legislative Assembly : Chinchwad
MLA : Laxman Pandurang Jagtap (Independent)
Lok Sabha Constituency: Maval
MP : Shri Shrirang Chandu Barne
District Commissioner or Magistrate or Collector : Shri Sourabh Rao (Collector)
SP – Pune : Shri. Satish Mathur Commissioner of Police, Pune
Chief Minister : Shri Prithviraj Chauhan (INC)
PM : Shri Narendra Modi (BJP)
President : Shri Pranab Mukherjee