Under the Centre’s National Urban Development Mission (NUDM), the urban local bodies (ULBs) in the country are en-route to the digitisation of services and the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) has devised an action plan to aid civic bodies to digitise their operations. Work on the plan has also commenced.
With an aim to create citizen-centric governance to fulfil the vision “minimum government, maximum governance” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs launched the NUDM on February 23, 2021. Therefore, to strengthen urban governance, provide people service digitally for their convenience, and induce transparency in the system, the ULBs across the countries are adopting technology interventions to operate digitally. As per NIUA’s plan, all the 44,000 ULBs across the country will go digital in the coming four years i.e by 2024.
Addressing the launch of the NUDM on February 23, NIUA from its official Twitter handle tweeted, “Centre for Digital Governance @NIUA_India will anchor the National Urban Digital Mission (NUDM) launched today.”
— NIUA_India (@NIUA_India) February 23, 2021
As reported by Jagran, NIUA will operate NUDM that will create a shared digital infrastructure for urban India focussing on public, process and platform. These three pillars of the digital infra will provide overall support to cities and towns.
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According to NIUA’s plan, all the civic bodies shall adopt a digital platform and shall extend some services completely online. Moreover, some arrangements have to be implemented the same everywhere. Therefore, the civic bodies will be able to watch each other’s working and simultaneously can be monitored by the Centre.
On NUDM, the Smart Cities Mission tweeted, “NUDM will improve ease of living for citizens by creating an ecosystem that delivers accessible, inclusive, efficient & citizen-centric governance, catering to the needs of India’s 4400 towns and cities.”
NUDM will improve ease of living for citizens by creating an ecosystem that delivers accessible, inclusive, efficient & citizen-centric governance, catering to the needs of India’s 4400 towns and cities.
— Smart Cities Mission (@SmartCities_HUA) February 23, 2021