driven urban planning and development in the making for the first time in the
PM says own
house motivates poor towards higher goals
initiatives are pro-poor, says Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu
Shri Narendra Modi today launched three mega urban schemes viz., Smart Cities
Mission, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and
Housing for All in urban area setting in motion the process of urban
transformation to enable better living and drive economic growth. Stressing on
the need for people centric urban planning and development, he said that for
the first time in the county such an effort has been launched.
City as one which is one or two steps ahead of the aspirations of the people,
Prime Minster said smart city aspirants are being selected through a process of
competition and with effective citizen participation ending the ‘top down’
approach and leading to ‘people centric’ urban development. He further said
that the new schemes were formulated after extensive consultations with all the
stakeholders, the biggest of its kind in the country so far. Shri Modi noted
that the management of urbanization in the country offered the biggest challenge
and opportunity for the people and elected municipal leadership to contribute
to transforming urban India.
public representatives are remembered for the good work they did during their
tenures, the Prime Minister urged Mayors and Municipal Chairpersons attending
the launch to contribute for the good of the people. He reminded them that the
500 of them assembled have the responsibility of ensuring better quality of
life for 40% of the country’s population that either live in urban areas or
dependent on them for livelihood. He urged them to help migrants to urban
areas meet their aspirations.
urbanization should be viewed as an opportunity, Prime Minster noted that had
this been recognized about 30 years ago, situation would have been far better
today. He said that with clear vision and effective planning, all possible
hurdles could be overcome and even resource mobilization would not be an issue.
Minister observed that a house would be a major turning point in the lives of
the poor as it would motivate them towards higher goals like earning and saving
more for further bettering their living standards. He said that the Government
is committed to enable 2 cr urban poor own their houses by the year 2022, the
75 year of Independence of the Country.
Speaking on the
occasion, Minister of Urban Development and Housing and Urban Poverty
Alleviation Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu said that the Government was keen to promote
inclusive development and the new schemes are pro-poor in their orientation. Elaborating
on this Shri Naidu said that Smart Cities, AMRUT and Housing Mission would help
the urban poor through increased access to water supply, sewer connections,
public transportation, housing, improved urban governance ensuring transparency
and accountability and better delivery of services, enhanced employment
Shri Naidu said
that several initiatives launched at the behest of the Prime Minister like
Skill India, Make in India, Digital India, Clean India, PM’s Jan Dhan Yojana,
PAHAL, Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao, National Institute for Transformation of India
(NITI Ayog) etc were all aimed at transforming the country to enable it
realise its full potential.
Naidu noted that the new urban schemes have been so designed and formulated so
as to completely do away with any subjectivity or discretion in selection of
cities and in allocation of funds and States are being given full liberty and
flexibility in formulation, appraisal and approval of projects. He said that
urban reforms, smart leadership and smart people are key to the success of new
In his welcome
address, Minister of State for Urban Development and HUPA Shri Babul Supriyo
said that the triad of Centre, States and Urban Local Bodies are like the
upper, middle and lower berths of a railway compartment, together moving on the
same track of development of the country.
of Maharashtra and Haryana, Deputy Chief Minister of J&K, Ministers from 20
other States, Mayors, Municipal Chairpersons and Commissioners from 500 cities
and towns, senior officials from Central and State governments, diplomats from
15 countries, representatives of stakeholder organisations and multilateral
bodies have attended the launch.
implementations issues relating to the three new missions and Swachh Bharat
Mission would continue over the next two days.
June 25, 2015