On June 23, 2017, Urban Development Ministry launched “City Liveability Index”. It is a first of its kind initiative to measure the quality of life in 116 major cities including capital cities and those with population over one million.
More Information about ‘City Liveability Index’:
The index was launched by Urban Development Minister M.Venkaiah Naidu at a National Workshop on Urban Transformation in New Delhi.
- The cities will be assessed on a comprehensive set of 79 parameters to capture the extent and quality of infrastructure including availability of roads, education and health care, mobility, employment opportunities, emergency response, grievance redressal, pollution, availability of open, green spaces, and culture.
- Naidu mentioned that, after selecting the agency for undertaking this assessment next month, data collection will be completed in about next six months.
- The index will enable the cities know where they stand in terms of the quality of life and the interventions required to improve it.
Incentives for Urban Reforms:
On June 23, 2017, Mr. Naidu also disbursed Rs 500 crore as incentive to 16 states that performed well in implementing urban reforms during 2016-17.
- Besides considering credit rating of the states, incentives were awarded for implementing reforms like e-governance, audit of accounts, tax revision policies and extent of tax revenue collection, energy and water audit, establishing state level financial intermediaries for resource mobilisation.
- Aggregate marks scored by these states in implementing reforms were considered for deciding the quantum of incentive with high scorers getting more.
- Andhra Pradesh topped the list scoring 96.06 per cent marks.
Top 5 Highest Scoring States: