Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who released the "Handbook of Urban Statistics" today, expressed confidence that the publication will serve as a valuable tool in the hands of policy makers, planners, administrators, researchers and other stakeholders in urban development.
The Handbook, which was released at a function held here, has been brought out by the Ministry of Urban Development in collaboration with the National Institute of Urban Affairs.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Naidu said the Handbook is the first of its type for the Indian urban sector. ''At present, data on various aspects of urbanisation is brought out by different agencies and there is no compendium of statistics on urban development. It is imperative to have credible data based on which appropriate urban development policies may be formulated. The Handbook aims at fulfilling this need,'' the Minister said.
Elaborating further, Mr Naidu said the Handbook is a compilation of data on various indicators of Urban India such as Demography, Employment, Transportation, Sanitation, Housing, Socio-Economic Indicators and Public Expenditure on Urban Development.
''It also provides information on flagship schemes of Ministry of Urban Development namely, Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban), Smart City Mission (SCM), Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), and National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY). International comparison with BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) and SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries have also been included. A Town Directory with population as per census 2011 has also been included for ready reference,'' Mr Naidu said.
On this occasion, the Minister encouraged the stakeholders to send their suggestions for further improving the future editions of the Handbook.UNI NY RSA 1546
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