Public-Private Partnership & public –participation, the two important aspects of urban transformation, are also the best tools to improve Quality of life, strengthen people’s welfare mechanism, grow the local economy, and build infrastructure for a brighter future: LG

JAMMU, DECEMBER 06: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today attended the ongoing ‘My Town, My Pride’ Programme at Gulshan Ground.

Speaking on occasion, the Lt Governor said through public outreach programme, we are putting people at the heart of urban transformation & unlocking cities’ full potential to drive growth, empower local governance, and ensure seamless delivery of services at the doorsteps.

People participation is a decisive factor for the developmental initiative because every city’s challenges & opportunities are different. During MTMP event, senior officials are visiting the towns & enabling direct communication and creating system that is responsive to local needs, said the Lt Governor.

The Lt Governor termed Public-Private Partnership & public–participation as the two important aspects of urban transformation that are also the best tools to improve Quality of life, strengthen people’s welfare mechanism, to grow the local economy and build infrastructure for a brighter future.

Underscoring that master plan is linked to the city’s growth, development, and overall socio-economic development, the Lt Governor stressed that the city Master plan must reflect aspirations & needs of common man and the poor families living in the slums.

Jammu Master Plan must focus on housing for poor, new business centers to decongest old cities, besides planned townships for state & all India service officials, he added.

Mentoring officers should work with elected public representatives and local ward members for the successful execution of urban development plans, the Lt Governor added.

The Lt Governor observed that the Hon’ble Prime Minister has transformed Jammu into a city of educational institutions. Jammu known as the city of temples world over, has also become a hub of educational Institutions as it is the only place in the country with AIIMS, IIM, IIT, and Central University, he added.

Lt Governor attends 'My Town, My Pride' Programme at Jammu

The Lt Governor maintained that resource mobilization is the need of the hour and must become part of our action plan.

Seamless online public service delivery and efforts for improved infrastructure, decongestion plan, transportation, creation of new public space, streamlining & simplification of processes to avail public services; brand positioning of the cities; One District One Product; City Livelihood Mission; beautification of cities, preservation, and rejuvenation of rivers, lakes & parks are some of the important aspects of public outreach that needs focused attention, said the Lt Governor.

The ‘My Town My Pride’ public outreach programme focuses on Self-employment generation and skill development to empower youth. During MTMP Abhiyan, 25 youth from each ward are being identified for self-employment assistance and skill training.

It is also being ensured that the schemes meant for the welfare of street vendors must reach the eligible beneficiaries, the Lt Governor said.

The Lt Governor called for organizing Swachhta Competitions in Municipal Corporations and wards. He also called on the Mayor, JMC, and other elected representatives to explore viable plans for revenue generation in coordination with all stakeholders.

People participation is a decisive factor for developmental initiative because every city’s challenges & opportunities are different. During MTMP event, senior officials are visiting the towns & enabling direct communication & creating system that is responsive to local needs. Lt Governor attends ‘My Town, My Pride’ Programme at Jammu

On fund flow to municipal corporations, the Lt Governor maintained that everything is being done with complete transparency and as per GFR and other rules, and nobody can be allowed to violate those in any case, though UT-specific flexibilities can be worked out.

A nation is run by the constitution, and by the law and people need to create a fine balance between rights and duties. The welfare of the poor is among our top priority but the people who are capable and rich must accord top priority to discharge their duties towards society and the nation, said the Lt Governor.

The sense of duty among the citizens can help society prosper. People need to understand that public services and facilities are not free for all. Those who are able should come forward to pay for the government services, he added.

Earlier, the Lt Governor inspected several stalls installed by different departments/agencies of the UT administration for extending services and generating awareness among the people.

He also distributed sanction letters under the ‘Laadli Beti’ Scheme, cheques under State Marriage Assistance Scheme, and Wheelchairs and hearing aids to the beneficiaries.

Sh Rajinder Sharma, Mayor Jammu Municipal Corporation on occasion appreciated the ‘My Town My Pride’ programme and the administration’s outreach to provide services at the doorsteps of urban population.

Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, expressed gratitude towards the people for connecting with the MTMP programme and shared the vision behind holding the programme in all the municipalities of J&K.

Stressing the convergence of efforts and resources by all quarters of the administration, he said with the implementation of 74th constitutional amendment. The local bodies were empowered in J&K.

Sh Baldev Singh Billawaria, Deputy Mayor, JMC, appreciated the issues and problems being resolved by the offices visiting different areas in the municipal limits.

Sh Rahul Yadav, Commissioner JMC, in his welcome address, highlighted the aims of the MTMP and the services being extended by JMC during the programme.

Sh. Shaleen Kabra, Financial Commissioner, Revenue; Sh Mukesh Singh, ADGP Jammu; Sh Ramesh Kumar, Divisional Commissioner Jammu; Ms. Avny Lavasa, Deputy Commissioner Jammu besides corporators of JMC, visiting officers, general public and officers of UT administration were present.

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