Dr. Jitendra addresses representatives of urban bodies in Jammu and emphasizes municipal economic growth – Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism

NEW DELHI, 11 May: Orientation Workshop/Programme Speech on Urban Governance for Mayors/Presidents and Municipal Commissioners/Chief Executive Officers of Urban Local Bodies of Jammu and Kashmir, Union Minister of State (independent charge) Ministry of Earth Sciences, Minister of Ministry of State (independent charge) Science and Technology, MoS PMO and Minister of State Ministry of Personnel and Public Grievances, Dr Jitendra Singh, who is also President of the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), emphasized municipal economic growth and said that small and medium-sized towns in UT will play an important role in developing municipal infrastructure in as catalysts of economic activities, particularly in the areas of agro-food processing, the weaving industry and the development of computer services.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said the transition from agriculture to manufacturing is particularly important for J&K which has taken specific steps towards rapid economic growth and investment in the state’s economy, especially over the past three years. years. These measures will bring about a change in the economic profile of the state and create more jobs in the manufacturing industry and services.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, “Prime Minister Modi has big plans for the development of J&K and therefore we have established Urban Local Bodies in accordance with the 74th Constitution Amendment Act. He said that with the elected bodies, the application of the Indian government’s urban missions such as infrastructure development, improvement of quality of life, environment, mobility, water and sanitation will reach their full potential.
Dr. Jitendra Singh pointed out that the three-day orientation program will provide proper exposure on government missions, projects and programs. He noted with satisfaction that cities in the state are taking significant steps in Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban), Livelihood Promotion, AMRUT (ATAL Mission for Urban Rejuvenation and Transformation) and PMSVanidhi which helps street vendors with working capital loans and concessions on timely repayment and digital operations. The Minister added that water, sanitation, mobility and housing are key areas of attention. He said the Jal Jeevan mission focuses on Har Ghar Nal se Jal and informed that the state has obtained ODF (Open Defecation Free) status for all urban areas. The Smart Cities Mission provides infrastructure and governance, while PMAY focuses on affordable housing.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that in light of global examples, India has also been following the expansion of manufacturing and services in and around urban areas and this non-agricultural sector provides 86% of GDP while only 35-40% of the population lives in urban India. . He said that it is visible in our country that states with above average level of urbanization have much higher per capita income than states with low level of urbanization like Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand , Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, etc. The states from Gujarat to Tamil Nadu have either reached the 50% mark (Tamil Nadu) or are closer to the urban majority, the minister pointed out.
Returning to J&K, said Dr. Jitendra Singh, UT has 27% urban population in 2011 and this poses a challenge to move towards half of urbanization, which means more focus on industries and investments in the decades to come. This journey process signifies an effective acceleration of urban sector reforms for municipal services and infrastructure initiated by our urban missions and underscored that the role of elected leaders of municipal bodies will be important in achieving this goal as these leaders constitute a pool of grassroots leadership and promote bottom-up leadership in our democratic federal structure.
In his closing remarks, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the organization of this course by the IIPA in the 75 years of independence is of particular significance given our plans for [email protected] He said that over the next 25 years, India will undergo a transition from a semi-urban society (over 25%) to a majority urban society, and economic growth and urbanization will go hand in hand. The Minister hoped that this three-day visit on urban governance will provide concrete cases and an agenda for each of our elected officials and will add to our efforts to make the State a clean, green and productive city.

Melissa C. Keyes