Pune: The concept of participatory budget in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has empowered the common man to ensure development in his own locality as per his demand. However, now the entire society needs to make this concept a movement to get the true sense of democracy, citizen groups and activists stated on Thursday.
The thought of converting the participatory budget concept into a democratic movement in Pune came forward at a workshop organised by Janwani in association with dna as print media partner and Red FM as radio partner on Thursday.
The speakers and participants at the workshop said that though the participatory budget concept was introduced by the PMC some years ago, it has not yet gained popularity due to lack of awareness.
Members of citizen groups demanded that the PMC authorities themselves hold awareness programmes to promote the concept at the administrative level. Citizens need to come up in big numbers to make it a movement, then alone would it be a success.