block1NITI Aayog Action Plan on Urban Development

The NITI Aayog released a draft 3 year Action Plan for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20
The section on Urban Development features only the existing schemes and Missions of the Government including Smart Cities, AMRUT, PMAY, Swachh Bharat. The document states that recommendations on fundamental reforms including devolution of power, financial management and municipal staffing will be taken up in Vision and Strategy document 2031-32.

block1Janaagraha to operate Swachh.org.in

Janaagraha signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India to maintain and operate the website SWACHH.org.in. The site is a crowd-funding platform to spearhead involvement of private sector in city level initiatives of Swachh Bharat Mission. The projects that are uploaded by the Urban Local bodies on the website will be funded through the corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative.

block1Municipalities urged to go for big ticket reforms

The Ministry of Urban Development, in an effort to turn around urban governance has called for states and cities to go beyond the incremental approach and push for 5 major transformational reforms. These include value capture financing, moving to a trust and verify approach, formulating land titling laws, credit rating of urban local bodies and improving professionalism of ULBs. This 5-point Reform Agenda was discussed with states on the side-lines of launch of Value Capture Financing Policy Framework.

block1Can Delhi afford a property tax waiver?

Srikanth Viswanathan, CEO, Janaagraha was part of a panel on CNBC TV18 on the ‘Politics of Property Tax’. The panel discussed the implications of the promise made by the government of Delhi to waive off residential property tax as part of its MCD election campaign.