Shimla City gets Rs. 3.54 crore reward for reforms under AMRUT scheme
SHIMLA-Shimla City has been awarded Rs. 3.54 crore as incentive grant by Government of India under AMRUT Mission for achieving its reforms targets in time for the year 2015-16. Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma would receive this award on 30th September, 2016 during consultative workshop INDO-SAN 2016 at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, informed a spokesman of State Government.
Shimla city had qualified after detailed examination and valuation of self assessment report submitted to Ministry of Urban Development, GoI by the State Government. This is a major achievement for Shimla city as this special grant is only given if the targets of reforms are met as per the guidelines of AMRUT scheme, he further added.
The Spokesman said that reforms targets were creation of website, publication of e-Newsletter, Digital India Initiatives and Support Digital India under e-Governance, policy for engagement of interns and implementation, complete migration to double entry accounting system, publication of annual financial statement on website, preparation of Service level Improvement Plan (SLIP) and State Annual Action Plan (SAAP), establish a system for maintaining of parks, playground and recreational areas on People Public Private Partnership model.
Appointment of State Finance Commission (SFC) and making decisions, transfer of 18 functions to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), revision of building bye law periodically, create single window clearance for all approvals to give building permissions, make a policy to periodically revise property tax, levy charges and other fees, Post Demand Collection Book (DCB) of tax details on the website, achieve full potential of advertisement revenue by making a policy for destination specific potential having dynamic pricing module, adopt a policy on user charges for individual and institutional assessments in which a differential rate is charged for water use, make action plan to reduce water losses to less than 20 percent, separate accounts for user charges, street lights and water audit, optimize energy consumption in street lights by using energy efficient lights were the other reform targets under AMRUT, he added.