...Sets time frame
FEARFUL OF being denied funds for failing to meet eligibility criteria, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) has drawn up a schedule for implementing municipal-level reforms mandated by the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
According to Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma the “reform agenda” has already been forwarded to Mission officials in Delhi and will be placed before the Mayor-in-Council shortly.
The agenda lists a specific timeframe for the mandatory local body reforms demanded by the Mission like adoption of accrual-based double-entry bookkeeping system, use of IT applications including GIS and MIS for urban services, property tax reform with collection efficiency of 85 per cent and internal earmarking of budgets for basic services to urban poor.
Additionally, the Mission calls for users to be charged at rates that would allow full recovery of project as well as maintenance costs within seven years.
At the State-level JNNURM calls for scaling down stamp duty to 5 per cent, effective implementation of the 74th Amendment, reform of rent control laws, repeal of the Urban Land (Ceiling and Regulation) Act, 1976 and introduction of Voluntary Retirement Schemes in civic bodies (optional) are among correctional measures to be taken at the State-level.