Bhopal:Saturday, February 7 : The Planning Commission of India has praised the efficient implementation progress of Jawharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) in Madhya Pradesh. The Union Ministry of Urban Development has released the third instalment of the additional central assistance for JNNURM to the state. The state has utilised 90 percent of the funds made available under 36 schemes.This was informed by the Minister for Urban Administration and Development Shri Babulal Gaur. Work under 17 projects of urban infrastructure and 19 projects under basic services programme is in progress in four cities of Madhya Pradesh i.e. Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain and Jabalpur under the Mission. Under this, out of Rs. 393 crore 44 lakh 85 thousand a sum of Rs. 352 crore 32 lakh 64 thousand has been utilised, which comes to 89.27 percent.
Second instalment has been received for 8 and third instalment for 6 sanctioned projects has been received from the central government. Besides, claims for next instalment under 5 projects are being sent to the central government.
In a D.O. letter sent by the vice chairman of the Planning Commission Shri Montek Singh Ahuluwalia to the Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan on July 28 2008 praised the progress of JNNURM in Madhya Pradesh and said that the project implementation in Madhya Pradesh has been better (60.59 percent) than the national average (53.72 percent).Besides, Shri Ahuluwalia further lauded the state for completion of residential apartments for the urban poor under basic services programme in Shamnagar and Maharana Pratap Nagar ahead of schedule, saying that it could become possible only due to prompt measures taken by the state government.
Shri Gaur has said that while on one hand the Planning Commission is praising the implementation of JNNURM in the state, the Union Minister of State for Urban Development Shri Ajay Makan made a statement to the contrary in Shivpuri on the other. The statement shows Shri Makan’s lack of information. His statement that the state government has not sent the utilization certificate of the first instalment of Rs. 411 crore shows he is not well informed. Reacting to Shri Makan’s statement that progress of JNNURM in Madhya Pradesh is poor in comparison to other states, Shri Gaur advised him to read the letter written by Shri Ahuluwalia to the state government informing that the progress of Madhya Pradesh is 60.59 percent which is higher than national average of 53.72 percent. Instead of playing politics on development issue Shri Makan should accept that the government in Madhya Pradesh believes in work and not in politics on matters related to development.