- Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s native state Gujarat and 18 others have failed to introduce basic urban and municipal reforms, thereby losing out on crores of rupees of performance grants.
- A status report of the urban development ministry shows that while Gujarat missed the bus, other BJP-ruled states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan received the financial incentive in 2014-15.
- Andhra, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Telangana and UP were the only 10 states that fulfilled the nine conditions to qualify for the performance grant during the fiscal.
- The conditions include governance and municipal reforms such as putting in place an audit system for urban local bodies, double entry accounting system, levy of property tax by the urban local bodies, constitution of state property tax board, standardising service level benchmarking, fire hazard response and mitigation plan for cities with a population of a million plus, and constitution of independent local body ombudsman.
- A state needs to fulfil these conditions and send its claims to the urban development ministry’s central monitoring committee.