Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh addresses valedictory function of 3-day Orientation Programme on Urban Governance
The Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Jitendra Singh, said on Friday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to strengthening the local bodies in Jammu and Kashmir.
Singh was addressing the valedictory function of a three-day orientation program on urban governance for Mayors, Chairpersons and Municipal Commissioners, Chief Executive Officers from urban local bodies from Jammu and Kashmir at the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA).
He said that this 3-day workshop of local bodies’ representatives of Jammu is a step in that direction which will be followed by a similar program for Srinagar and then other parts of Jammu and Kashmir.
Singh said that the smooth elections to the village councils and the first-ever elections to district councils after seven decades conducted in J&K were a symbol of the commitment of the Union government to strengthen the local bodies.
Singh further said that the local bodies’ representatives should be in better coordination with the officials to be able to remove several obstacles easily, and urged them to inculcate vision, imagination, and innovation.
He also said that efforts are on to conduct a number of programs in Jammu and Kashmir such as startup-based workshops which can open a new horizon for the people, especially the youth of the Valley while the discussions are on with the Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Ministry to organize a Rozgar Mela.
Referring to the multiple roles of elected representatives like developing bottom-up connectivity in city governance, he said that they should take leadership roles in community participation and mobilization of local resources. They also need to operate as an intermediary link between city government and community, and state leadership and city.
He said, the urban reforms in Jammu are not only important for the city but are also important for other towns in the state. Dr. Jitendra Singh gave away certificates to 28 participants of the three-day program and also released a booklet titled, ‘Training Need Assessment for Virtual Training on Urban Governance for Municipal Engineers’, penned by Professor K K Pandey, Faculty, CUS, IIPA, and Dr. Sachin Chowdhry.
Senior officials of IIPA including S N Tripathi, DG, IIPA, and Amitabh Ranjan, Registrar, IIPA were also present on the occasion.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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