IMPHAL: Stating that a survey of ‘Ease of Living’ Index 2019 has kickstarted, Imphal Smart City Chief Executive Officer Th Harikumar has sought feedbacks from the people living in urban areas in the state.
Briefing reporters at City Convention, here, CEO Harikumar said that Ease of Living Index has been developed by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs with an intent to put in place a system of performance evaluation which truly reflects the evolution of the ease of living of Indian cities in consonance with these needs. It serves as a litmus test to help assess the progress made in urban environments through these various initiatives and empower cities to use evidence to plan, implement and monitor their performance. In the first round of the assessment, the exercise covers 111 Indian cities, which includes selected smart cities, capital cities and a few more cities with a population of over 1 million. With more than 134 million people residing in these 111 cities, this initiative is the first of its kind globally, in terms of scale and coverage.
“Government of India and state governments are taking up various schemes, missions to give better life to the people, particularly the economically backward section. Through this survey, what we are trying to assess is where do we stand as a city in terms of ease of living of the citizens. With the feedback gathered from the people, concerned departments can formulate plans,” he said.
He said that the population migrating from rural to urban areas have dream and aspirations to improve their quality of life with better facility for living and livelihood that includes physical, social, institutional and economic infrastructure. All these pose huge challenges in view of rapid urban growth. The government saw that challenges as big opportunities to drive the economy forward investment in infrastructure will create jobs, improve ease of living and employ citizen to best of their abilities in service of the nation.
At the first level, poverty alleviation, affordable housing and cleanliness are the three biggest challenges. To address these challenges Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana National Urban Livelihood Mission (DAY_NULM), Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Urban (PMAY-U) and Swachh Baharat Mission Urban are implemented in all the Urban local bodies. At the second level, basic infrastructure like water supply and sewage/septage management, storm water drainage, non-motorised urban transport and green parks are in the focus. With a focus to address these challenges , Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) are being implemented in 500 cities with 100000 and above population. Finally, at the third level, the Smart City project aims to address the issues of Ease of Living by evolving new paradigm of Urban governance with committees at the core an increased use of digital technology to improve the urban W. services and optimum utilization of resources.
He said that currently, Imphal stands at 91st Rank as per Ease of Living Index 2018. The Ease of Living 2019 is the second edition of Ease of Living Index.
Key objectives of the index are to generate information to guide evidence-based policy making, to Catalyze action to achieve broader developmental outcome including the sustainable development goals, to assess and compare the outcomes achieved from various urban policies and schemes and to btain the perception of citizens about their view of the services provided by the city administration.
MAHUD Commissioner M Joy, IAS also attended the press meet.