Staff Reporter

Centre's directive to States for getting funds under Nehru urban renewal mission

  • Emphasis on `Community Participation Law' too
  • Centre suggests amendments to existing municipal laws

    HYDERABAD: The Centre has asked the States to come out with a `Model Municipality Disclosure Law' and a `Community Participation Law' as mandatory reforms for the urban local bodies (ULB) to get funding under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNURM).

    The proposed disclosure law is to ensure disclosure of medium term fiscal plan of ULBs and release of quarterly performance information to the general public and other stakeholders.

    Easy retrieval

    Every ULB has to maintain and publish all its records for easy retrieval of information once every four months to be released either to the media, to be put up on notice boards of the municipality concerned, ward offices and on the Internet.

    Minutes of meetings

    It will pertain to composition of the municipal council, making public minutes of their meetings, officers' directory, audited financial statements and cash flow on a quarterly basis for each financial year.

    Information should have details of service levels for works like water supply, sewerage, solid waste management, parks, playgrounds, streetlights, etc., master plan, actual expenditure on major services, works and reports on disbursements made, subsidy programmes, taxes and so on.