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Municipal Corporation Key to UP’s Urban Makeover

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Uttar Pradesh has unified municipal personnel system under which the personnel have been categorised into centralised and non– centralised services. Besides human resources in urban administration, it is also imperative to improve efficiency and organisational effectiveness says Dr Dinesh Sharma , Mayor of Lucknow, in a conversation with Elets News Network (ENN) .

Uttar Pradesh occupies central position in northern India, how are municipal corporations helping in development and governance of the State?

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Dr Dinesh Sharma
Mayor of Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh is the most populous state in the country. The urban population of Uttar Pradesh in 2011 was reported to be 4.44 crore, constituting 20.78 percent of the total state population. There has been provision of creating threetier system for urban local government bodies namely Municipal Cor – porations in larger cities, Nagar Palika Parishads in small and medium towns and Nagar Panchayats in transitory areas.

There are three departments responsible for managing urban development and governance in Uttar Pradesh namely — Urban Development (Directorate of Urban Local Bodies, UP Jal Nigam and Water works), Department of Housing and Planning (Town and Country Planning, Development Authorises, UP Avas Ayam Vikas Parishad, and Avas Bandhu), Department of Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation ( SUDA and DUDA ).

How is municipal corporation helping in UP’s urban development?

The urban development and governance are being looked after by municipal cadre. There is UP Palika Centralised Services and UP Palika Non- Centralised services. There are 635 urban local bodies in Uttar Pradesh. Of these, there are 14 Municipal Corporations, 197 Nagar Palika Parishads and 424 Nagar Panchayats. About 38 per cent population resides in Nagar Palika Parishads while about 44 per cent population lives in municipal corporations. There are 1.17 lakh munici – pal employees, of them about 60 percent employees are sanitary workers. The number of centralised and non-centralised services municipal employees were reported to be 1.09 lakh. However, there is in adequacy of municipal staff in most of the local bodies.

The government is focusing on restructuring the municipal cadre in the states under reforms agenda. More professional and technical manpower is required for managing urban affairs.

What kind of Municipal personnel system exists in UP?

There are three types of municipal personnel systems, namely, Separate, Unified, and Integrated.

The first type of personnel system is one in which each municipal body has the power to appoint and dismiss its own employees and the employee is not transfer able to any other jurisdiction by a central body.

The second type of the municipal personnel system is one in which all or certain categories in personnel of municipal bodies form a single career service for the entire state. This municipal service is distinct from the state civil service. Appointment, promotion, transfers and dismissal of personnel in this state-wide municipal service are usually administered by an agency at the state level.

The third type of municipal personnel system is an integrated, national, state and local personnel system, in which the personnel of the national or state government and those of municipal bodies form parts of the same service, transfers being possible not only among municipalities but also between municipal government and national or State Government.

Give us an overview of the municipal system which Uttar Pradesh follows? 

The state of Uttar Pradesh has unified municipal personnel system under which municipal workers have been categorised into centralised and non-centralised services. Officials belonging to services are being recruited by state government through State Public Service Commission while Class-III and IV employees are being selected by con – cerned local bodies.

What changes are you planning at the administrative level? 

The government is focusing on restructuring the municipal cadre in the states under reforms agenda. More professional and technical manpower is required for managing urban affairs. Therefore, restructuring of municipal cadre is called for.

 

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