Aiming to complete the task set out and achieving concrete results, the Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Puri today directed officials to come prepared for a fortnightly review of urban missions undertaken by the Modi government.
“Anything that can be measured can be changed. It implies that if we don’t monitor and measure the outcomes, the intended change may not come through” was his caveat to the senior officials on completion of one month in office.
The minister, sources privy to the discussion said, he announced review on every first and third Tuesday of the month and drew up a priority list of outcomes to be monitored under each of mission like waste-to-wealth, toilets built and made operational under the Swacch Bharat Mission vis-à-vis state targets, water supply connections under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation.
Similarly, projects completed in each of the first batch of 20 smart cities, affordable houses sanctioned and built under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), number of persons given skill training and placements enabled besides number of individual and group enterprises provided with subsidised bank loans under Deen Dayal Antyodaya—National Urban Livelihoods Mission.
The minister stressed that progress report should highlight the efforts made by the Central and state governments to speed up execution and implementation hurdles resolved during the past 15 days and reasons for delay, if any.
Stating that about Rs 5 lakh crore investments/expenditure has been, so far, approved under new urban missions, Puri stressed that no effort shall be spared to ensure their realisation. He directed that the National Rental Housing Policy and the Model Tenancy Act, under consideration for long should be finalised at the earliest and also directed the DDA to immediately notify the Land Pooling Policy cleared by the ministry quite some time back.