Faster and All-Round development is our Motto- Sh. Venkaiah Naidu

The Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu at the meeting to review activities of I&B Field Units in Haryana and Northern Region, at Chandigarh on April 28, 2017. The Chief Minister of Haryana, Shri Manohar Lal Khattar, the Urban Local Bodies Minister, Haryana, Smt. Kavita Jain and the Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Shri Rajiv Gauba are also seen.

New Delhi: Faster and all-round, inclusive development is our motto to build a New India, said the Union Minister of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) and Information & Broadcasting Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu. The Minister was addressing a press conference in Chandigarh after holding Review meeting on the progress of schemes related to the Ministry of Urban Development & Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation. He said that the country is witnessing a new environment of aspiration and development. Shri Naidu further said that this government incentivizes performance competition and reforms, which would take the country to newer heights.

Giving details about the meetings, Shri Naidu said that the deliberations focused on the implementation, achievements, effectiveness and problem areas and finding solutions to those problems. He said that Haryana has raised its demand for 8.97 lakh houses and the ministry has asked the state to finalize the list. The Minister further said that the interest subvention of 6.5 percent is being given by the Centre in housing.

Speaking on AMRUT and other flagship programmes of the Ministry of Urban Development, Shri Naidu said that the government has adopted a single window clearance approach so that the schemes can take-off quickly and in a hassle-free manner. He further said that Haryana state government has assured that it is at an advanced stage of notifying the rules and setting up the Authority/Tribunal under the Real Estate Regulations Act. (RERA). Under Deendayal Antodaya Yojana, National Urban livelihood Mission (DAY-NULM), 22 Urban Local Bodies have been covered in the state; 294 Urban SHGs provided revolving funds. Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) has sanctioned 8 schemes with a total loan amount of Rs. 4448 crore in Haryana. Shri Naidu said all the three plans (worth Rs., 2565 crores) under AMRUT in the state have been approved. On the ongoing projects Shri Naidu called upon the state government for expeditious completion.

Shri Naidu, while deliberating upon National Infrastructure Development Projects, said that 11 cities in Haryana are now as Open Defecation Free (ODF) under Swachh Bharat Mission. To achieve the objective of constructing 1,10,000 Individual Household latrines (IHHLs) work has commenced on 31702 IHHLs and 19,345 units have been completed till date. The Minister informed that the Government of India has released its second tranche of Rs. 96 crores towards Smart City Mission for Faridabad.

Shri Naidu also reviewed the status of Metro projects in Haryana state especially the Narela-Kundali sector, Badarpur-Escort Mujesar and Badarpur-Mahilpur.

In his review of the departments of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Sh. Naidu said that the field units should focus more on the local culture and local talent. They should also bring the beneficiaries of various government schemes on the forefront and should not remain fixated on political or bureaucratic figures only. The Minister asked the concerned authorities to examine the possibility of launching Haryanvi language news bulletin and other programmes. Sh. Naidu said that projection of developmental activities should be the main theme of the content put out by the field offices.

Haryana Chief Minister, Shri Manoharlal Khattar; Haryana local bodies Minister, Smt. Kavita Jain; Secretary Urban Development, Shri Rajiv Gauba; Secretary HUPA, Ms. Nandita Chatterjee; Chief Secretary Haryana, Shri D S Dhesi & other Senior officers from the ministries and the state government attended the review meetings.