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"Ahmedabad adjudged best city to support urban poor under JnNURM"
"State Government takes remarkable steps in implementing schemes to provide basic services to urban poor"

New Delhi: After being rated as India’s best mega city by a national newspaper through an exclusive poll barely three days ago, Ahmedabad today bagged the national award in the category of “Best City in the Implementation of Basic Services to Urban Poor (BSUP)” under Jawaharlal Nehru National Renewal Mission scheme.


Ahmedabad bagged the national award in the category of “Best City in the Implementation of Basic Services to Urban Poor (BSUP)” under Jawaharlal Nehru National Renewal Mission scheme. Gujarat Urban Development Minister Shri Nitinbhai Patel and Ahmedabad Mayor Shri Asit Vora jointlyreceiving the award and cheque of Rs. 3 from Union Urban Development Minister Shri Kamal Nath at a function held here on Tuesday.

The award was jointly received by Gujarat Urban Development Minister Shri Nitinbhai Patel and Ahmedabad Mayor Shri Asit Vora from Union Urban Development Minister Shri Kamal Nath at the sixth yearly conference held here. Besides the award, Government of Gujarat also received a cheque of Rs 3 lakh as incentive.

The city of Ahmedabad has been appreciated for successfully implementing and facilitating basic services to urban poor under JnNURM. The jointly concerted efforts of the Gujarat Government, Government of India and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation have borne great results in giving a facelift to the city’s physical and civic infrastructure through various schemes.

Under JnNURM, a whopping Rs 523.95 crore has been approved for constructing 32,640 houses, out of which 28,522 dwelling units have already been constructed and 24,052 units have also been allotted to beneficiaries. Earlier, the Municipal Corporation of Ahmedabad had also received a national award for “Innovations in Services to Urban Poor (Housing)” from Government of India.

Receiving the award, Gujarat Urban Development Minister Shri Nitinbhai Patel said that the State Government has started “Swarnim Jayanti Mukhyamantri Shahery Vikas Yojna” in 2009 investing Rs.7000 crores for providing basic amenities to all who are residing in urban areas. This reform driven policy aimed to fulfill all basic needs of urban poor also.

Moreover, the Government of Gujarat has approved seven townships under Housing Township Policy, 2009. This will attract an investment of Rs.13650 crores and more than 1 lakh houses will be constructed under the project.

Giving details of the schemes for poor people, Shri Patel stated that Gujarat Government had organized 72Garib Kalyan Melaswherein Rs.435 crores were distributed to two lakh beneficiaries.

The Government of Gujarat has successfully implemented the ‘Insitu Development Model’ to provide houses and basic amenities to the population livinginslums. The State Government has also focused upon rehabilitating the displaced families in the cities.

The minister pointed out that the Government of Gujarat has taken laudable steps to resolve the serious problem of urbanization and urban planning. It is noteworthy that the budget provision of Rs. 126 crores made in 2004-05 for Urban Development Department has been increased by 24 folds to Rs.3030 crores.

Shri Patel further informed that the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has constructed two ring roads at the outskirts of the city to address the traffic logjam at the entry and exit points. Such schemes shall be implemented in other cities as well to control traffic congestion with the aid of Central Government. To maintain sustainable standards of cleanliness and efficient sewage disposal in smaller cities, the Government of India should allot adequate funds to the State Government to facilitate scientific disposal of solid waste and liquid waste.

Shri I.P. Gautam, Principal Secretary (Urban Development Department), Shri Guruprasad Mohapatra, Commissioner, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and other senior officers attended the function.

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today interacted with Governors of States regarding the Covid-19 situation and ongoing vaccination drive in the country, through video conferencing.

Prime Minister said that in the battle against Covid, along with the vaccines, our values and sense of duty are our biggest strengths. Praising the citizens who participated in this battle last year considering it their duty, he said that the same feeling of Janbhagidari needs to be encouraged now as well. He said that the role of the Governors, through appropriate utilization of their social capacity, thus becomes all the more critical to achieving this. Governors are an important link to ensure better coordination between State Governments and society, he said, adding that the combined power of all community organizations, political parties, NGOs and social institutions needs to be harnessed.

Prime Minister suggested that the Governors can actively engage to ensure that social institutions collaborate seamlessly with the State Governments towards micro containment. He said that their social network can help ensure an increase in the capacity of ambulances, ventilators and oxygen in hospitals. Along with spreading the message about vaccination and treatment, the Governors can also spread awareness about AYUSH related remedies.

Prime Minister noted that our youth, our workforce, is an important part of our economy. Hence, it is important to ensure that our youth follows all Covid related protocols and precautions. He said that the Governors’ role is also critical in ensuring the greater engagement of our students in University campuses towards this Janbhagidari. We also need to focus on better utilization of facilities at University and College campuses, he added. He said that just like last year, NCC and NSS also have a key role to play this year as well. Prime Minister said that the Governors are an important pillar of Janbhagidari in this battle and their coordination with State Governments and guidance to institutions of the State will further strengthen the nation’s resolve.

Discussing the rise in the number of Covid cases, the Prime Minister said that in this stage of the fight against the virus, the country stands to gain from last year’s experience and improved healthcare capacity. He discussed the increase RTPCR testing capacity and noted that the country has become Aatmanirbhar with respect to kits and other material related to testing. All this has led to a reduction in the cost of RTPCR tests also. He added that most of the products related to testing are also available on the GeM portal. Prime Minister emphasized the significance of increasing tracking, tracing and testing, and said that RTPCR testing needs to be increased from 60% to 70%. He said that it is pertinent to ensure that more and more people get tested.

Prime Minister underlined that the government is committed to ensuring adequate availability of vaccines. He highlighted that India has become the fastest nation to reach the landmark of 10 crore vaccinations. Noting the positive impact of Tika Utsav in the last four days, he said that in this period, the vaccination drive was expanded and new vaccination centres also came up.

Interaction

The Vice President of India, Union Home Minister and Union Health Minister also attended the interaction.

The Vice President appreciated the Prime Minister for leading the fight against Covid and his proactive steps to develop the infrastructure required to tackle the pandemic. He also highlighted the scientific community's contribution in giving a vaccine to India and the whole world. He also talked about the contribution of healthcare workers, sanitation workers, and other frontline workers who have played a vital role during the pandemic.

The Vice President called upon the Governors to bring up a coordinated front by leading all-party meetings in their respective states and engaging with civil society organisations to spread awareness about covid-appropriate behaviour. The Vice president said that a 'Team India spirit' cutting across policy lines should be adopted, and in this regard, Governors as the 'Guardians of the State' could guide the State Governments.

Union Home Minister stressed the importance of saving each and every life. Union Health Secretary gave a presentation on Covid cases and vaccination drive. He gave an overview of how India has followed a proactive and pre-emptive approach in this endeavour.

The Governors shared details of how their respective states are tackling the spread of the virus and coordinating activities towards ensuring a smooth implementation of the vaccination drive, while also mentioning the deficiencies of healthcare facilities in the States.

They gave suggestions for further improvement in the efforts and shared plans of how Janbhagidari can be increased through the active social engagement of various groups.