Govt – Welfare oriented Govt schemes, their utility
2 key initiatives to upgrade Urban Rejuvenation
- The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs launches 2 key initiatives – ‘City Finance Rankings, 2022’ and ‘City Beauty Competition’ to upgrade India’s Urban Rejuvenation journey to next level.
- City Finance Rankings
- Launched to evaluate, recognize and reward ULBs on the basis of their strength across key financial parameters.
- The rankings aim to motivate city/state officials and decision makers to implement municipal finance reforms.
- The participating ULBs will be evaluated on 15 indicators across three key municipal finance assessment parameters, namely:
- Resource Mobilization
- Expenditure Performance
- Fiscal Governance.
- City Beauty Competition
- Aims to encourage and recognize the transformational efforts made by cities and wards in India to create beautiful, innovative and inclusive public spaces.
- Wards and public places of cities would be judged against the five broad pillars
- aesthetics and
Public Awareness & General Administration
Lokayukta Bill passed by Maharashtra Assembly
- Maharashtra became the first state to pass a Lokayukta Bill that brings the Chief Minister of the state and the council of ministers under the ambit of the anti-corruption watchdog.
- Under the new bill, the Lokayukta will have the power to recommend action based on its investigation and also be able to direct the state agencies to conduct further investigations.
- It will have all the powers of a civil court i.e. the power to summon government officials.
- The Lokayukta can initiate the investigation against the Chief Minister with the prior approval of the Assembly.
- The Lokayukta is the apex anti-corruption ombudsman that holds the power to investigate complaints and corruption allegations against government officials and lawmakers.
- Maharashtra is known as the first state to establish Lokayukta in 1971.