Friday, March 16, 2007
Ministry of Urban Development


14:59 IST
Slum dwellers, street vendors, poor, women and excluded sections should
be included while preparing city development plans and detailed project
reports for accessing funds of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal
Mission. The Secretary, Urban Development Ministry, Shri M. Ramachandran
stated this while addressing Mayors, city managers, municipal
functionaries, officials of the state and central governments at a
function in the capital today. He told the gathering to find out ways
and means to ensure involvement of the above sections to bring about a
change in their lives. The Secretary emphasized the need for
benchmarking in drinking water projects, for ensuring the health and
well being of people. Shri Ramachandran said “How the Urban Renewal
Mission is making a positive difference in the lives of people is more
important than merely focusing on money being spent”.

Speaking on the occasion, the Secretary, Small Scale Industries and
Rural and Agro Industries, Dr. Chandra Pal called for skill development
for the poor in urban areas. He stated that these skills are important
for shifting people from agriculture to industry. Dr. Pal said that
there is a need for attitude change of policy makers towards poor to
bring out equity and social justice.

Ranjit Issar, Secretary, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation said that
828 projects in 440 cities and towns costing over Rs. 29,800 crore have
been approved since the inception of the Mission.

The two-day National Consultation is being held for developing inclusive
cities under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. Over
250 delegates including Housing Ministers of various states, Chief
Secretaries of States, Mayors, Municipal Commissioners, Corporators,
Planners and officials of Central Government, are attending it.