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Government of India
Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs
07-December-2010 12:51 IST
Significant Achievements made in the Implementation of Jnnurm Reforms
Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Urban Development Meets
Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) has achieved significant progress in triggering implementation of urban reforms across the country during the last five years. These reforms include setting up of District Planning Committees, rationalization of stamp duty and property tax, enactment of Community Participation Law, earmarking of funds for services to urban poor and introduction of e-governance in the working of local urban bodies etc. This was informed by Shri Jaipal Reddy, Minister for Urban Development to the members of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee attached to his ministry here today.

Apprising the members of implementation of reforms proposed under JNNURM, the Minister said the main objective of reforms is to provide an enabling environment for the growth of cities by enhancing effective urban service delivery and civic infrastructure through better urban management. Reforms will improve financial health of the local bodies and ensure sustainability of assets created. He said that these reforms will help to improve urban governance and service delivery for common men.

The Minister said as a result of initiative taken under JNNURM, elections to the municipal body were held in Jharkhand after a gap of 22 years, while first time elections were held in Sikkim. 20 States have constituted District Planning Committees and so far 14 States have assigned city planning and delivery functions to the urban local bodies or associated them with the work. Similarly, 9 States have implemented land control reforms and 12 States have rationalized stamp duty to 5%.

Highlighting the initiatives taken by some of the Urban Local Bodies(ULBs) of the cities for implement of reforms as proposed under JNNURM, Shri Reddy informed the members to integrate involvement of the citizens in municipal functions, 12 States have made legislative provisions for community participations in their functions, 9 States have either amended the Municipal Act or passed a separate Bill for public disclosure of municipal information. 22 cities and 439 small towns have introduced e-governance in the delivery of services related to property tax, water supply, registration of birth and deaths, building plan approvals and public health management etc.

Contd…2/- - 2 - Reiterating the Government’s commitment to create better civic amenities for the urban poor, Shri Reddy said the Mission has a special focus on ensuring equity by improving the quality of life of urban poor. Reforms proposed under JNNURM seek commitments from the ULBs to allocate a specific percentage of funds in their budget for service delivery to poor. So far 55 cities and 510 small towns have implemented this reform. Similarly 55 cities and 321 towns have implementing earmarking of 20-25 per cent land for EWS/LIG housing in public and private sector housing schemes, he said.

The Minister expressed the hope that efforts would be made to further expedite implementation of reforms to improve governance of the LUBs and delivery of the services to the common men.

Participating in the discussion, Members of Parliament stressed on the regular monitoring of the implementation of the projects. They said that focus should be on the development of small towns rather than the big cities. They suggested that efforts should be made to get feedback from outside agencies also regarding implementation of JNNURM. Members participated in the discussion were Shri C.M.Chang, shri Ramesh Kumar, Shri Shivkumar C.Udasi, Shri Mithilesh Kumar, Shri J.P.Agarwal, Shri Vilas Baburao Muttemwa, Shri Nand Kumar Sai and Shri Sanjay Dina Patil.