Karnataka ranks first in JNNURM initiatives

The Union Urban Development ministry survey to assess the status of reforms under the Jawarharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), has found that Karnataka and Tamil Nadu performed well among all the states in introducing reforms in urban local bodies. Cities like Bangalore, Mysore, Chennai, Coimbatore and Chandigarh top the list in bringing about improvements in the system of delivery of services.

The parameters for rating covered integration of city planning functions, rent control, community participation law, property title certification, accounting, introducing e-governance, collecting user charges and property tax reforms.

The ministry, which launched the JNNURM scheme in 2005 aiming to provide better urban infrastructure facilities, put a condition that all beneficiary states should bring sweeping changes in the functioning of urban local bodies aiming to provide better delivery of services.

On the completion of five years of the mission scheme, the ministry assigned various institutes to study whether the states have started bringing in the stipulated reforms.

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