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"City Finance Rankings, 2022" and the "City Beauty Competition" Launches MoHUA

Published on December 30, 2022
Current Context: During an occasion in New Delhi, Delhi, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) introduced the "City Finance Rankings 2022" and the "City Beauty Competition." Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, MoHUA, released the initiatives and draught guidelines for the same.
"City Finance Rankings, 2022" and the "City Beauty Competition" Launches MoHUA
  • These two programs aim to advance India's Urban Rejuvenation process.
  • City Finance Ranking 2022:
    • Its purpose is to assess, honour, and reward ULBs (Urban Local Bodies) based on 15 metrics that span three important financial parameters: resource mobilization, expenditure performance, and fiscal governance systems. It will encourage decision-makers and city/state officials to carry out municipal financial reforms by making additional advancements.
    • Based on their rankings in the following four population categories, the cities will be ranked at the national level:
    1. More than 4 million
    2. One to four million
    3. 100,000 to 1,000,000
    4. Below 100,000
  • The top 3 cities in each population category will receive national, state, and state cluster recognition and awards.
  • City Beauty Competition:
    • It aspires to support and honour the transformative efforts made by Indian cities and wards to build stunning, creative and welcoming public places. The following five major pillars will be used to evaluate wards and public areas of cities:
    1. Accessibility
    2. Amenities
    3. Activities
    4. Aesthetics
    5. Ecology
  • The most stunning public areas in cities, including waterfronts, green spaces, tourist and heritage areas, and market and commercial areas, will be recognized first at the state level before being shortlisted for recognition at the national level.
  • Competing wards and cities can submit their entries on the city beauty portal, which will be created by the Administrative Staff College of India, one of the MoHUA's knowledge partners.
  • Other schemes
    • Other schemes for urbanization in India:
    1. Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), SBM 2.0
    2. Jan Andolan
    3. Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY)

Question: 

Q.1 Which of these schemes/initiatives was recently launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) with an aim to advance India's Urban Rejuvenation process?
a. City Finance Rankings 2022
b. City Beauty Competition.
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 and 2
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