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Minister of State for Housing & Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri launches Three Initiatives

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Hardeep-S-Puri-Launches-three-initiatives-Nurturing-Neighborhoods-ChallengeOn November 4, 2020, Minister of State (MoS) (Independent Charge) for Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Hardeep Singh Puri launched Three Initiatives Namely Nurturing Neighborhoods Challenge, Data Maturity Assessment Framework Cycle 2 & On-line training programme for City Data Officers (CDO) during an event.

Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, MoHUA and other stakeholders were present during the launch.

Nurturing Neighborhoods Challenge:

i.A 3-year initiative to support cities to develop, pilot, and scale solutions to enhance the quality of life of young children, their caregivers and families in public domain.

ii.The challenge will be conducted with the support of Bernard Van Leer Foundation, Netherlands with technical support from World Resources Institute (WRI) India.

iii.Through the challenge, selected cities will receive technical assistance to reimagine parks, open spaces, improve access to early childhood facilities, adapt public spaces with early childhood-oriented amenities.


The challenge will be open to all smart cities, cities with more than five lakh population, and capitals of States and Union Territories (UTs).

Data Maturity Assessment Framework (DMAF) Cycle 2:


To enable cities to assess their own data maturity through a standardized framework covering enabling policies, governance structure, data management, capacity building, and stakeholder engagement at the city level.

Key Points:

i.DMAF – Cycle-2 will support cities to enable creation of ‘culture of data’ under DataSmart Cities initiative of Smart Cities Mission.

ii.This will play a major role in democratizing data culture for open-innovation, collaboration, co-creation and academic research. It will include cities other than Smart Cities.

CDO Training Programme:

i.MoHUA has partnered with Tata Trusts to launch a six-week guided e-learning course called ‘Enabling Data Driven Decision Making in Urban Local Bodies’ under the CDO Training Programme.

ii.It is specially designed for CDOs appointed in 100 smart cities to expose them to basic and advanced tools for data collection, analysis and visualization.

iii.CDOs will be able to understand principles of data-driven governance and creation of actionable data policy frameworks to enable practical learning and application.

Recent Related News:

i.On 29th September 2020, MoHUA launched Project Management Information System (P-MIS) Portal developed by National Capital Region Planning Board(NCRPD) to monitor the progress of their projects and to monitor and manage the loans.

ii.On August 20, 2020, during a virtual event of Swachh Mahotsav organized by, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (MoS) MoHUA announced the 5th edition of the annual cleanliness urban survey of India.

About Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA):

Minister of State (MoS) (Independent Charge) – Hardeep Singh Puri

List of Schemes under Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs – Smart Cities Mission, Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY), Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Urban Transport, Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM).