June 2016
Hi,
 

The Government of Karnataka announced the constitution of the Bengaluru Blueprint Action Group (BBAG). To be chaired by the Chief Minister, BBAG has among its members N R Narayana Murthy, Founder - Infosys, Azim Premji, Chairman – Wipro, Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan and other urban experts and professionals. The Action Group is expected to work on an implementation roadmap that combines short-term and medium-term projects and systemic reforms that would deliver sustainable, transformative change in quality of life of citizens.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Urban Development has asked 28 states to convert 3,784 urban areas into statutory Urban Local Bodies. This would entitle these urban areas to central assistance according to the guidelines of the 14th Finance Commission.

We would love to hear from you. Do read this issue of Policy Scan and write to us at asics@janaagraha.org with your suggestions and feedback.

Regards,

Srikanth Viswanathan
Coordinator - Advocacy and Reforms

 
 
 

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Karnataka sets up Bengaluru BluePrint Action Group (BBAG)
 
The Government of Karnataka has announced the constitution of the Bengaluru Blueprint Action Group (BBAG). To be chaired by the Chief Minister, the BBAG has among its members N R Narayana Murthy, Founder - Infosys, Azim Premji, Chairman – Wipro, Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan and other urban experts and professionals. The Bengaluru Blueprint exercise was championed by Mr N R Narayana Murthy and coordinated by Janaagraha and Jana Urban Space Foundation Read more here

 
 
 

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MoUD asks states to convert 3,784 urban areas into statutory ULBs
 
The Ministry of Urban Development has asked 28 States to take immediate and necessary action to convert 3,784 Census Towns into statutory Urban Local Bodies to promote planned urban development. A Census Town is an area with urban characteristics like a minimum population of 5,000, at least 75% of the male main working force engaged in non-agricultural activities and population density of at least 400 persons per sq.km. As per the 2011 Census, there are 3,784 Census Towns as against 1,362 in 2001. Read the full story here

 
 
 

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Maharashtra to revive direct elections for Municipal Council Presidentship
 
Maharashtra is all set to revive the process of direct elections for the Presidentship of the Municipal Council. The state government had implemented direct election during 2002-06, but this was discarded later. The latest move is aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the civic body’s administration. Read more about it here

 
 
 

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States to enable integrated online approval of building plans
 
To enhance the ‘ease of doing business’ in the construction sector, the Ministry of Urban Development has asked 13 more cities with airports to enable integrated online approval of building plans. These 13 cities are among the 15 cities for which the Airports Authority of India has evolved colour coded zoning maps for obtaining ‘No Objection Certificates’ with respect to the height of construction projects. Read more here

 
 
 

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Adopting KMABR may be the key to solving BBMP’s financial woes
 
Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) needs to expand its revenue base and the state needs to evolve more meaningful and buoyant revenue streams for Bengaluru to confront the painful realities of its infrastructure and quality of life. Adopting the Karnataka Municipal Accounting and Budgeting Rules (KMABR) 2006 could be the reform that breaks the jinx at the BBMP. Read our article on this issue here
 
 
 


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