MPs, MLAs get a say in implementation of urban development schemes 

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To promote people centric planning and execution of new urban development schemes launched by the Government, Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu has approved setting up of District Level Advisory and Monitoring Committees with the elected representatives of the people across the country. In a first of its kind, these Committees will oversee, review and monitor implementation of urban development, affordable housing and urban poverty alleviation programmes.

Implementation of schemes to be monitored by these Committees are –Swachh Bharat Mission, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY), Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Housing for All (Urban) and Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission.

States/UTs will appoint the senior most Member of Parliament as the Chairperson of the Committee. Two more MPs, one each from Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha will be the Co-chairpersons. All MLAs from respective districts representing the Urban Local Bodies, Mayors and Chairpersons of ULBs, Chairpersons and Chief Executives of Urban Development Authorities in districts, Commissioners and Chief Executive Officers of ULBs, senior most representatives of the Department of Public Health Engineering and senior most officials of para-statal bodies like water board, sewerage board will be the members of the District Level Advisory and Monitoring Committees. District Collector or Municipal Commissioner of metropolitan cities will be the Member Secretary.

The Terms of Reference of the Committees include ; to promote effective citizen involvement, to review improvements in service level indicators like water supply, review progress of implementation of reforms with focus on e-governance and ease of sanctioning of construction permits, advise state and central governments regarding bottlenecks in implementation, suggest mid-course correction in implementation and facilitate coordination among various agencies.

The Committees shall meet at least once in three months and shall submit Action Taken Reports to State/UT Governments for necessary action. States/UTs in turn will submit consolidated reports every year to the Ministry of Urban Development and Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation.

No daily allowance or travelling allowance would be paid any member for attending the meetings of the Committees.