In a first of its kind Index to be introduced in the country, India has launched City Liveability Index where quality of life in 116 major cities will be assessed. These cities will be asses 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 and green spaces, cultural and entertainment opportunities etc.
The Index a Common Minimum Reference Framework to enable the cities knows where they stand in terms of quality of life and the interventions required improving the same. After selecting the agency for undertaking this assessment next month, data collection will be completed in the next about six months.
Meanwhile, around 16 states performed well in implementing urban reforms during 2016-17. Progress in respect of 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 mobilization, credit rating etc., was taken into account.
Andhra Pradesh topped the chart scoring 96.06% marks. Others who received the incentive fund in order of merit were; Odisha (95.38%), Jharkhand (91.98%), Chattisgarh (91.37%), Madhya Pradesh (90.20%), Telangana (86.92%), Rajasthan (84.62%), Punjab (77.02%), Kerala (75.73%), Goa (75.38%), Mizoram (75%), Gujarat (73.80%), Chandigarh (72.73%), Uttar Pradesh (70.67%) and Maharashtra (70.52). Marks scored by these States were considered for deciding the quantum of incentive with high scorers getting more.
It is expected that the reform incentive fund for the next three financial years will be increased from the present allocation of Rs 900 crore to Rs 10,000 crore to promote next generation reforms that would make a substantial difference to urban governance and service delivery and resource mobilization by urban local bodies.