Working groups formed for urban poor
TWO WORKING groups were constituted on Monday under the Madhya Pradesh Urban Services for the Poor Programme (MPUSPP) to identify the priority areas for assistance as also the strategic work needed for poor-oriented urban development in the Capital.india Updated: Jan 16, 2007 01:45 IST
TWO WORKING groups were constituted on Monday under the Madhya Pradesh Urban Services for the Poor Programme (MPUSPP) to identify the priority areas for assistance as also the strategic work needed for poor-oriented urban development in the Capital.
The constitution of the groups came on the inaugural day of the three-day workshop on MPUSPP. Mayor Sunil Sood, municipal commissioner Manish Singh, other senior officials, members of the mayor-in-council, all zonal chairpersons and officials of the programme are attending the workshop.
The DFID supported programme is being implemented in Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore and Jabalpur and under this programme a total of Rs 359 crores will would be spent for upgrading of living standards of urban poor, out of which Rs 100 crore will be spent for the Capital.
The first working group will prepare a work plan for capacity building of the four municipal corporations. Three sub-groups have been constituted under this group – the first one will be on financial management and e-governance, the second group on development of institutionalised system while the third one will be working on making the urban services more effective.
The second working group will be charting out the work plan for making available basic infrastructure in slums and general development matters.
Speaking at the inaugural session of the workshop, Bhopal Mayor Sunil Sood said the benefit of this poor-oriented programme should reach actual needy persons. Special training should be provided to the employees and information to be made available to people’s representatives so that they actively contribute in the implementation.
He called upon the officials to identify and try to solve the problems related to implementation at the very basic stage so that the projects could be completed within fixed time frame. Municipal Commissioner Manish Singh said the process of levying of property and water taxes needs to be reformed for the economic strengthening of the municipal bodies.
He also said the programmes face problems at implementation stage because of lack of urban development experts. MPUSPP deputy team leader Dr Gangadhar Jha gave details about the programme through a slide show. Team leader Bruce Pollock, project coordinator Urvi Mankad and others were present.