By Our Staff Reporter
Bhopal, Oct 12
Constitution of All-India Municipal Service is necessary for streamlining various arrangements in view of increasing urbanisation in the country. This will boost local self-government system. Urban Administration & Development Minister Shri Babulal Gaur said this at the first-information workshop of various states here today.
Representatives from Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Gujarat participated in the workshop organised by the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations with the cooperation of Madhya Pradesh Urban Administration & Development Department.
Minister Shri Gaur said that city development plans are getting prepared for all the towns in the state with view to streamlining arrangements over there. For creation of state-level municipal cadre, the state cabinet has accorded sanction to State Urban Administration Service, State Civil Engineering Service, State Urban Sanitation Service and State Urban Finance Service. E-governance is being promoted by various urban bodies of the state with a view to improving their functioning. Loan worth Rs. 1000 crore has been sanctioned by HUDCO for Mukhyamantri Shahri Pey-jal Yojna for improving urban water supply arrangements.
Principal Secretary Urban Administration Shri S.P.S. Parihar informed that 50 percent of the state’s urban bodies are small towns. Policies are being chalked out keeping problems regarding their financial management and skills in view.
Dr. Ishar Judge Ahluwalia of ICARIA stressed the need for good governance for streamlining urban arrangements. She said that much headway has been made in Madhya Pradesh in governance. Dr. Ahluwalia informed that urban bodies in Karnataka are being strengthened with World Bank assistance.
E-governance is being used in Maharashtra in urban arrangements. In Gujarat, cost of land has been increased after ensuring infrastructural development. Such works can be undertaken in other states also with the assistance of the World Bank and other financial institutions.
She said after Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh will be the second state of the country where growth of urbanisation will continue as a result of industrialisation.
Commissioner Urban Administration & Development Shri Sanjay Shukla, Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner Shri Guruprasad Mahapatra, representatives of various urban bodies and officers were present on the occasion.