Govt – Welfare oriented Govt schemes, their utility

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 
  • accessibility 
  • amenities 
  • activities 
  • aesthetics and 
  • ecology.

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.

Key Highlights 

  • 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.
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