Telecast of the Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) meetings has been shelved. Its members have passed the buck to Bangalore, seeking clear-cut directive from Karnataka government, on whether or not the proceedings of MUDA should be open to the media via closed-circuit telecast. MUDA isn’t particularly known for fair dealings when it comes to allotment of residential and other sites to members of the public.
To bring a measure of transparency in its public dealings MUDA chairman P Manivannan thought of opening its periodical meetings to the media. Some MUDA members felt that presence of news reporters at the meeting hall would cramp their style. Meeting their objection Mr Manivannan arranged for a closed-circuit telecast of the proceedings to the MUDA press-room.
Which wasn’t okay with some MUDA members, notably MLAs who don’t feel comfortable with anything short of in-camera proceedings. In the government if someone doesn’t want to get anything done, the issue is referred to the higher authorities. Papers are put up for approval. And a file is created, to move from desk to a bigger desk, till the file finds itself on CM’ s desk.
The issue whether or not to telecast MUDA meetings has been referred to the department of law and parliamentary affairs. The file would then move up the bureaucratic and ministerial ladders. If the matter pertains to policy direction, which the telecast issue, presumably, is, it goes to CM. If he deems the issue is worthy of wider consideration, he could set up a committee.
My hunch is, a matter needing ‘clear-cut direction’ would call for a committee deliberation. Besides, if they okay MUDA , you can’t stop GUDA, DUDA and BUDA (Bellary) wanting to go ‘live’ in the interest of transparency .