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Transparent, participatory urban governance important for tapping potential of our cities: LG

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SMC inks MoUs with Praja Foundation & Azim Premji Foundation

Srinagar: Srinagar Municipal Corporation Tuesday singed Memoranda of Understanding with Praja Foundation and Azim Premji Foundation for making urban governance more effective and transforming primary school education in Srinagar city.

In the presence of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, the MoUs were signed by Athar Aamir Khan, Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Commissioner; Bijoy Shankar Das, Leader – North Eastern States and Jammu & Kashmir at Azim Premji University and Milind Mhaske, Director Praja Foundation, an official press release informed.

Speaking on the occasion, the LG said that the MoU between SMC and Praja Foundation aims to empower citizen participation through enhanced e-governance system in Srinagar and capacity building programmes for municipal councilors and administration.

“Relentless efforts for good urban governance and sustainability in cities to be further strengthened with cooperation of Praja Foundation,” observed the LG.

“Transparent and participatory processes in urban governance are important for tapping the vast potential, vitality of cities and higher economic growth.  Reforms in urban governance will improve urban infrastructure, urban services to poor and help the cities to build on their inherent capacities,” the LG added.

He underlined the need to create smart solutions, smart platforms to form a link between the public and policies to make the process of rapid change a reflection of the needs and aspirations of the people and develop a new self-understanding.

“Reforms introduced by the government in urban governance aim to provide much-needed human and financial resources for improving basic services like drinking water, health care, sanitation, housing and better quality of living in the cities,” the LG said.

“There is going to be a massive urban transformation in the cities in the coming future, which will improve the standard of living and will also attract new capital investment,” he added.

“Today, we have to overcome few challenges while we are developing our cities into smart ones.  We must formulate policies and programs to eliminate social inequality; extend benefits of development to all sections of the society; eliminate the role of multiple agencies; strengthen Municipal Corporations and accelerate local economic development to improve the quality of life in the cities,” observed the LG.

He asked the officials of the Municipal Corporation and other stakeholders to understand these challenges and work accordingly.

“Under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, we have taken a huge leap towards strengthening urban governance by establishing transparent, accountable, participative and corruption-free system. It is our collective responsibility to provide basic minimum facilities, means of livelihood and better services to the people,” the LG added.

Quoting Swami Vivekananda, the LG said that the only thing that needs to be done to serve the people is to educate them so that they can develop their personality.

‘The partnership with Azim Premji University will strive towards improving the education scenario in all SMC’s Schools and continuous professional development of teachers and administrative leadership,” added the Lt Governor.

Junaid Azim Mattu, Mayor, SMC said that the collaboration of SMC with Azim Premji Foundation and Praja Foundation will transform urban governance and primary education in Srinagar.

Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Charu Sinha, IG CRPF; Mohammad Aijaz, DC Srinagar; Abdul Jabbar, DIG, SKR; Tassaduq Hussain Mir, Director School Education, Kashmir; ULB representatives, members of Praja Foundation and Azim Premji Foundation, besides other senior officers attended the MoU signing ceremony at SKICC.

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