NEW DELHI: Working on the directives of Prime Minister’s Office, the urban development ministry would reach out to the political leadership across states to deliver on housing and urban governance promises made by the BJP government.
The ministry would hold a conclave with states in September to push for implementation of big ticket urban renewal and governance initiatives over the next three years. The conclave on Urban Renaissance would be interaction with states’ urban development ministers, mayors, municipal commissioners, secretaries of urban development and mission directors of Centre’s schemes in states. It would review the progress of states under urban governance schemes, discuss the bottlenecks in implementation and lay out action plan for the next three years.
As the BJP government reaches the halfway mark of its term, there is an emphasis on delivering of poll promises, especially programmes like Housing for All and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). Ministry sources indicated that the biggest problem in implementation of ur ban development programmes is the response of non-BJP ruled states. In all programmes like construction of individual household toilets under Swachh Bharat Mission, AMRUT and Housing for All, the BJP-ruled states have shown a better implementation record. “The challenge is with the non-BJP states. For a very long time, states like Bihar, West Bengal, UP had not shown a good response in these schemes. They are gradually warming up to it but the general attitude has been that if these programmes are implemented the PM would get the credit. This has to change and the states need to own up the initiatives of urban renewal,” a ministry official said.
The tone for cooperation is likely to be set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who may inaugurate the conclave.
Credits ET Realty