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Title:
Inclusive Urban Development in India
About the Book:
Inclusive urban planning and development has got momentum in the context of new policy regime and changing economic environment. The 11th Five Year Plan has emphasized on inclusive policies and programmes for mainstreaming of poor and marginalized in urban planning and development besides massive investment on urban infrastructure and service in order to improve the access and delivery of civic services to urban poor. State governments have also launched inclusive urban development policies and programmes under the state sector in order to mainstream the urban poor and marginalized communities. Present book, based on a study conducted under the auspices of ICSSR, New Delhi, attempts to review the impact of pro-poor programmes and policies on urban poor and marginalized communities in the selected cities of Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal In India. Present book deals with trends of urbanization and urban development; inclusive urban growth and development; concept of inclusiveness, policy initiatives for urban development during the plan period, inclusive infrastructure development, service delivery excellence and urban development schemes; urban poverty alleviation; urban poverty scenario and approaches for reducing urban poverty in India; inclusive urban planning, policies and strategies of urban development in India, urban infrastructure, environment and climate change, mission approach and implementation of municipal reforms; analysis of view perception of officials of urban local governments; and impact of inclusive planning on urban poor. It is expected that the book will be highly useful in understanding the dynamics of inclusive urban planning and development and evolving a road map for mainstreaming of poor in urban development planning and governance.
Author(s)/Editor(s):
Dr. A.K. Singh
ISBN:
978-81-89630-89-8
Year of Publication:
2016
 
Title:
Challenges in Urban Management in India in New Millennium
About the Book:
India is on track to witness an unprecedented pace and scale of urbanization. Census data show that the country’s urban population has grown tremendously. However, even at the current pace and scale, India is struggling. The delivery of urban infrastructure and basic services is insufficient to provide citizens with a decent quality of life. Urban India is underserved by utilities, suffers from inadequate housing stock, and is highly congested and polluted. The addition of millions of people to urban India every year puts enormous stress on the urban system. Across all major quality of life indicators, India’s cities fall well short of not only the levels of service to which international cities aspire but also even basic standard of living. Rapid urbanization has resulted in poor quality of life in its cities but worse is ahead if India continues with current unplanned approach. Thus it is important to realize that crucial for growth. The situation may deteriorate if urbanization is not managed. Left unattended, the risk from the ongoing deterioration in the quality of life will compromise productivity, deter investors and eventually curtail economic growth. Given the increasing importance of cities, urban India must dramatically step up its performance on delivering basic urban services, bolster its governance systems, planning and funding policies, institutions, and capacity and capability. It is under this backdrop, this volume makes attempt to underline a galaxy of few and not only challenges and opportunities in regard to changing urban society, land, housing, poverty, services, slums, street, vending, governance etc. emerging in managing urban India in new millennium.
Author(s)/Editor(s):
Dr. U.B. Singh, Dr. Ashok Kumar, Dr. A.K. Singh
ISBN:
978-81-89630-85-0
Year of Publication:
2014
 
Title:
New Dimensions of Disaster Management in India: Perspectives, Approaches and Strategies- Vol. -1 & 2
About the Book:
Disaster management has gained importance in the recent years as India is witnessing natural and human induced disasters very frequently. Earthquake, cyclone, land sliding, flash flood, drought, tsunami, forest fire, road accidents, rail and air accidents, epidemics, etc. cause severe loss of human lives and resources. The government of India in collaboration with state governments, international donor agencies and various stake holding agencies is implementing various programmes, projects and schemes for prevention, mitigation and disaster preparedness, besides providing policy and legal framework and budgetary support for disaster management. However, the government alone cannot be responsible for disaster management. However, the government alone cannot be responsible for disaster management and therefore various other stakeholders need to shoulder this responsibility. In this context, a national seminar on Disaster Management in Urban Areas: Role of Stake Holders was organized to discuss and deliberate on the pertinent issues. The present volume is the outcome of the seminar. It contains four sections viz. Policy perspective and government intervention, prevention and mitigation of disasters, climate change and its implications on disasters, and approaches and strategies. The volume comprises of 37 well written papers on various dimensions and aspects of disaster management in India. It is expected that the volume will be highly worth full to the policy makers, administrators, urban planners, development professionals and other stakeholders in understanding various pertinent issues and dimensions as well as developing a road map for disaster preparedness.
Author(s)/Editor(s):
Dr. Anjuli Mishra, Dr. Awadhesh Kumar Singh
ISBN:
978-81-8387-564-6
Year of Publication:
2013
 
Title:
Women in Panchayats (A Study of Role Conflict)
About the Book:
The 73rd and 74th Amendments to the Constitution of India are landmark in our uni-federal structure. These have created ‘federations within the federation’. One major provision of these enactments is the reservation of seats to women belonging to all sections of the society to the tune of not less than one-third of the total elected members at the grassroots level units of governance. This revolutionary move has assured the political participation of women in local governance. It’s a historical step in the male dominated traditional society of the country, where women are generally not allowed to venture out their homes all alone. Their main responsibility is confined to home management only. The comparatively less literate or many a time illiterate women have been saddled with a new responsibility of decision making at the local level government. This has led to a situation of conflicts between the traditional (family bound) and ascribed (political) roles of the women. This volume is the revised and upgraded version of a research study conducted under the auspices of the national Commission for Women in 2007. It is a study of role conflicts among women representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions in the most populated state. However the story is more or less throughout the country, except in southern states where women in general are educated and hence more aware than those of northern states. The conflicts areas relate to the ascribed roles, familial roles and self-related roles of women representatives in all the three tiers of PRIs. The findings are eye openers for all the stakeholders including the government, administrators, researchers, academia and citizenry.
Author(s)/Editor(s):
Dr. U. B. Singh
ISBN:
978-81-8387-307-9
Year of Publication:
2011
 
Title:
New Dimensions of Urban Management in India
About the Book:
Cities play a vital role in development and economic growth. The cities have emerged as engines of growth however, these are at the cross roads of transition. In India, the process of urbanization is at critical juncture. India is among the countries at low level of urbanization however, structure and patterns of urbanization are changing which demand for large investment in infrastructure and services for accelerating the growth of economy. The increasing urban population has put pressure on existing infrastructure, services and civic amenities. The gap between demand and supply of urban infrastructure and service is gradually increasing with a result in deterioration of space, environment and quality of life in urban areas. There has been paradigm shift in urban governance in India. Decentralization as envisaged in 74th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1994 has led the process of municipal reforms and ensuring urban good governance. The escalating demand for urban infrastructure and services has called for mobilization of resources through public-private-partnership initiatives and introducing municipal reforms in urban local governments. Present volume provides an insight into the various aspects and dimensions of urban development and management in India. It comprises of eleven detailed papers on decentralized governance, infrastructure development, environment, sanitation and hygiene promotion, water supply, services, poverty alleviation, GIS & its applications, disaster management, and financial management. It is hoped that the present volume will be of immense importance for those engaged in urban development and management, policy makers, academicians, city managers and students for understanding the dynamics of urban development and management as well as evolving strategies for effective management of urban affairs.
Author(s)/Editor(s):
Dr. Nishith Rai, Dr. Awadhesh Kumar Singh
ISBN:
978-81-8387-232-4
Year of Publication:
2010
 
Title:
Urban Reforms in India
About the Book:
The reform agenda under JNNURM has opened up an unparalled window of opportunity for the State Government and Urban Local Bodies to avail the Central assistance by implementing the Reform Agenda to take up urban infrastructure improvement and upgrade programmes on a sustainable basis. The endeavor, however, demands consistent, coordinated and coherent action from all concerned stakeholders. Sustained administrative and political will is most important for implementation of reforms. Reform process is a continuous process. It is not an end in itself but it is a toll for improving governance and sustainable development in the cities. Implementation of urban reforms is, however, not without its operational challenges. Govt. of India has been making consistent efforts by initiating various measures and mechanism for enhancing the capacity of urban local bodies and state governments. The present volume would be extremely useful and beneficial to all those interested in urban India that is steadily and gradually making efforts for transforming its urban governance.
Author(s)/Editor(s):
Dr. Nishith Rai, Dr. Urmila Bagga
ISBN:
978-93-80685-01-4
Year of Publication:
2010
 
Title:
E-Governance in Urban Local Bodies
About the Book:
Among the many initiatives towards making good-governance a reality, the implementation of e-governance by harnessing the immense potential of ICT has captured the center stage. Governments around the world are embracing electronic governance. The recently launched schemes of Government of India for implementation of e-governance in urban local bodies demonstrate a holistic approach unlike the isolated one in the past and have offered opportunities for sustained improvement in efficiency and effectiveness in delivery of urban services. The journey to e-governance, however, is not easy and is full of challenges. It is a continuous process of evolution, of struggle of improvising the systems and is equally associated with financial and political risks. Resistance to change is inevitable due to various factors. Change management need to be dealt sensibly and tactfully. Capacity building of all stakeholders is another important issue that needs to be addressed on priority basis. The volume presents a variety of approaches, experiences, analysis and lesion learnt obtained in the form of contribution from administrators, practitioners, corporate players, academicians, experts etc. The papers discuss the wide range of challenges, issues and options pertaining to e-governance in urban management. The book would be of immense value and interest and highly beneficial for the policy makers, administrators, city managers and scholars engaged and/or interested in the field of urban management.
Author(s)/Editor(s):
Dr. Nishith Rai, Dr. Urmila Bagga
ISBN:
978-81-89267-76-6
Year of Publication:
2009
 
Title:
Disaster Management in India: Perspective, Issues and Strategies
About the Book:
India is one of the world’s major theaters of disasters. Floods, droughts, cyclones, earthquakes, communal riots, conflicts, fires, epidemics and other disasters compound the country’s chronic troubles. The social and economic progress achieved over decades by the people, and advances in physical development, can be significantly devastated and degraded by the disasters. Urbanization, industrialization, globalization and economic liberalization, all have influenced human life. People are lend to live in disaster prone areas due to severe stress on land, high prices of land and construction of non-engineered buildings, poverty, migration and non-regulation of urban housing constructions. Government of India through various stake-holding agencies has been making efforts to meet the exigencies as arisen by natural disasters. It is however, and contingency plans lack coordination, participation and accountability of different stake-holding agencies. The local governments have to be associated at all levels of planning and implementation of the disaster mitigation, response, and rehabilitation and reconstruction of victims and affected areas. The papers of the volume provide an insight into the various aspects of disaster management in the country and it is hoped that the volume will be of immense importance to those engaged in disaster management, policy makers, city managers, academicians and students for understanding the dynamics of disaster management and evolving strategies for effective management of the disasters.
Author(s)/Editor(s):
Dr. Nishith Rai, Dr. Awadhesh Kumar Singh
ISBN:
81-89267-57-4
Year of Publication:
2007
 
Title:
Urban Governance in India: Challenges and Prospects
About the Book:
The Government of India recently launched a 'Campaign for Good Urban Governance' to promote the specific goals of decentralization, integration of the poor and the marginalized, environmental sustainability, improved municipal finance, transparency, better municipal management and capacity building. There is thus a need to improve governance, make cities more efficient, build accountability and develop partnerships. The state of affairs at different levels of urban governance in the country includes effective strategies to suggest ways of further strengthening the urban local bodies as basic functional units of democracy, especially in the post-74th Constitution Amendment scenario. The four major themes on which the papers of this present volume based are (i) Good Urban Governance: Concept and Practices; (ii) Urban Services and Public-Private Partnership; (iii) Financial Administration in Urban Local Bodies; and (iv) Capacity Building and E-Governance in Local Bodies. The articles provide an insight into the various aspects of urban governance in the country and it is hoped that the volume will be of immense value to those engaged in city government, policy makers, city managers, academicians and scholars and help them in further formulating their strategies for effective management of resource in the field of urban administration.
Author(s)/Editor(s):
Dr. Nishith Rai, Dr. RichaVarmani
ISBN:
81-89267-35-3
Year of Publication:
2007
 
Title:
Sustainable Urban Management
About the Book:
In the 21st century, for the sustainable urban management, administration needs to be effective, efficient, dynamic, objective, fair, honest and forward looking. It should be open, people oriented, accountable and responsive. New technology of information and communication, computer and telecommunication system can enhance the capability and efficiency of management. The present book entitled “Sustainable Urban Management” is a very timely publication and it covers a wide range of aspects of urban management. The book represents a cross section of relevant views and experiences in sustainable urban management in India, suggesting many measures of reforms and improvements of urban development and management. The editors of this book have accomplished a formidable task of bringing together a wide and very representative range of authors and urban management in India and the book would be of great interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners and scholars who will greatly benefit from its publication.
Author(s)/Editor(s):
Dr. Nishith Rai, Dr. Anjuli Mishra
ISBN:
81-89267-35-3
Year of Publication:
2007
 
Title:
Empowerment of Women in Urban Administration (Experiences and Strategies)
About the Book:
The volume is a collection of scholarly papers contributed by academics, administrators and practitioners at a national seminar organized and coordinated by the editor under the auspices of the Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies, Lucknow University, Lucknow, Government of India in the Ministry of Urban Development and Sustainable Development Forum, Patna. It is probably a maiden effort to trace study and analyze the strategies for empowering women in urban administration in the country. Women (half of the population) in different roles especially in urban sector are the focal point for discussion by all the research papers. Under the broad theoretical and policy framework the experiences in varied fields of urban sector have been highlighted. The volume is of much benefit to the academics, teachers, researchers and students interested in women studies.
Author(s)/Editor(s):
Dr. U. B. Singh
ISBN:
81-8387-005-8
Year of Publication:
2006
 
Title:
Human Resources Development in Urban Administration
About the Book:
After the enactment of the 74th amendment to the Indian Constitution, urban local bodies in the country have been granted constitutional status. These grass root institutions have gained importance and are destined to play an important role in the federal structure. The Book deals with the Municipal Human Resources specially in India and U.P. in particular. It trances history of Municipal Administration in India and U.P; it gives a detailed picture of the Municipal Humane Resource in the country and U.P. The Book discusses in detail the Recruitment and Selection procedure for municipal employees in U.P, besides dealing in detail the Training and Development policy, the practiced procedure of Performance Appraisal, the schemes for Personnel Welfare etc. The book ends with highlighting a number of Suggestions, which will be of benefit to the policy makers, academics, researchers and students of Urban Administration.
Author(s)/Editor(s):
Dr. Rajeev Narayan
ISBN:
81-8387-025-2
Year of Publication:
2006
 
Title:
Urban Management
About the Book:
The enactment of 74th Constitution Amendment Act in 1992 in the post-independence period is the most important development in the country with a view to strengthen the urban local bodies. Besides granting Constitutional status to urban local bodies, it made a remarkable beginning by recognizing the role of municipal government in urban administration. The present volume covers various papers based on the four important themes relating to implementation of 74th Constitution Amendment Act in states. Major themes include: (i) Conformity legislations in States; (ii) Expanding functional domain of urban local bodies and devolution of financial powers; (iii) Capacity building of urban local bodies; and (iv) Urban infrastructure and delivery of services. These articles provide an insight into the various facets of urban administration and management and also suggest a reform agenda that needs to be implemented in order to achieve the ultimate goal of good governance. It is hoped that this book would be beneficial to the scholars of urban administration, especially to those who are engaged in policy making and decision making relating to urban development and management at the Central/State/City levels in formulating strategies for future action.
Author(s)/Editor(s):
Dr. Nishith Rai, Dr. Urmila Bagga
ISBN:
81-89267-24-8
Year of Publication:
2006
 
Title:
Urban Administration in India (Experiences of Fifty Years)
About the Book:
Urban administration in India has attracted the attention of policy formulators, planners, administrators, sociologists and academia in recent few decades. Although the country has been witnessing a fall in growth in urban population, the concentration of population in larger urban areas has resulted into an urban chaos. The uncontrolled, unplanned and haphazard growth of urban centers is leading to great pressure on urban services, mushrooming of habitations with inhuman surrounding, degradation in environment, polluted air, water and noise. The cities are becoming inhabitable decade after decade. The institutional mechanism has either failed to cope with the situation or become weak and inefficient. The people are more vocal and demanding but less responsible and civil. The irreversible trend of urbanization warrants sustainable interventions. The first fifty years of Independence have faced many ups and downs in the sphere of urban administration. The historic 74th Amendment to the Country’s Constitution was a major policy directive enacted during the period. This harbinger effort is a turning point in the life and functioning of urban local government. The volume makes an assessment of strategies for administering the urban areas in the country.
Author(s)/Editor(s):
Dr. U. B. Singh
ISBN:
81-86771-51-4
Year of Publication:
2004
 
Title:
Fiscal Federalism in India Union
About the Book:
This book attempts to assess the functional domain and financial health of urban local bodies in most of the states in India where Finance Commissions have submitted their reports. Discussing the taxation powers, it analyses the recommendations of State Finance Commissions. The analysis has been grouped mainly as augmenting existing sources tax and non-tax, assignment of tax sources, sharing, grants-in-aid and miscellaneous. Highlighting the present urban scenario, it conceptualizes the principles of decentralization in the historical perspective. The analysis covers the states of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
Author(s)/Editor(s):
Dr. U. B. Singh
ISBN:
81-7022-982-0
Year of Publication:
2003
 
Title:
Revitalized Urban Administration in India
About the Book:
With the down of Independence, the enhancement of status of urban infrastructure was urgently felt by the state governments keeping in view all the relevant aspects having deep bearing on developmental schemes. The structure of the local bodies was revitalized and strengthened by the Amendment Act of the Parliament. Thus the main thrust was to devise ways and means which should cover up schemes having deep impact on the lives of people in cities and town. Such welfare schemes did prove as valuable assets boosting the economy with rich dividends. This unprecedented experiment brought about a remarkable change with the painstaking efforts of our entrepreneurs. This book of twenty-four articles contributed by eminent scholars would be useful for the academic community in India and abroad.
Author(s)/Editor(s):
Dr. U. B. Singh
ISBN:
81-7835-077-7
Year of Publication:
2002
 
Title:
Privatization of Municipal Services
About the Book:
The economic scenario in the country has witnessed a tremendous change in the last decade. The advent of liberalization has broadened the scope for private sector. The new economic policy has drifted from a balanced mixed economy to open one with more roles set for private sector. Market mechanism is gaining momentum in a phased manner. The private sector, thus, is getting more and more broadened areas of operation. However, the private sector is not confined to the industrial arena, but is also entering into the provision of services as well. Municipal services are not exception. In this backdrop the book, basically an edited version of the papers presented and discussed at a two day National Seminar on ‘Privatization of Municipal Services in India’, provides an input to the decision makers for formulating policy for opening the provision of municipal services for the private sector, In our context the present scenario is dominated by decentralization, which transfers monopoly from one hand to other. Whereas, the congenial atmosphere for privatization requires scope for competitiveness, public sector as one of the stakeholders. The volume conceptualizes successfully the practices of privatization and the rationale thereof besides critically analyzing the pros and cons of privatization especially of municipal services. A few case studies present a galaxy of privatization of services in different part of the globe. The book initiates the academic process of privatization in the area of the civic services, probably the pioneer attempt delineating scope of privatization in municipal services.
Author(s)/Editor(s):
Dr. U. B. Singh
ISBN:
81-7678-069-0
Year of Publication:
2001
 
Title:
Functioning Local Government in South India
About the Book:
This book sincerely attempts to discuss the municipal administration in Southern states of the country in the post 74-CAA era. The legal structural frame work of urban governance in the four major developed states in the country is highlighted in the book. Separate sections have been devoted to the urban local bodies in the transitional, smaller and larger urban areas. The mandatory provisions enshrined in the constitution regarding the Ward Committees, District and Metropolitan Planning Committees. Finance Commission and State Election Commission are discussed separately. The consolidated picture in all the four states at a glance is depicted in Annexures appended at the end. This book will definitely prove to be a pioneering work on the subject. It would be of immense help to the academicians, researchers and students in the field of administration in general and urban administration in particular.
Author(s)/Editor(s):
Dr. U. B. Singh
ISBN:
81-212-0715-0
Year of Publication:
2000
 
Title:
Urban Governance in North Eastern Region
About the Book:
Urban local government in the country has gradually been gaining importance with the increase in urban population since 1961. However, it could attract due attention only after the national Commission on Urbanization studied all aspects of urban management. In this context, the Indian Parliament passes a bill in 1002, which became the 74th Amendment to the Constitution. It is a landmark in the history of urban governance in the country. The Act not only constitutionalizes the urban local government but also provides it with stability in addition to facilitating democratic decentralization and revitalizing these grass root institutions. A lot of work has been done in the field or rural management but no attempt has been made so far to present a comparative picture of urban governance in the scheduled areas which have been made so far to present a comparative picture of urban governance in the scheduled areas which have been given a special status in the Indian constitution. The proposed volume attempts to trace the historical development of urban local government in the North Eastern States, besides discussing the trends of urbanization and urban problems in the area. The book earnestly studies various provisions of Municipal Laws enacted and practiced in the post-74th Constitution Amendment Act era. A study of law, governing autonomous areas has also been made. The book must be of immense help to the students of public administration.
Author(s)/Editor(s):
Dr. U. B. Singh
ISBN:
81-212-06661-8
Year of Publication:
1999
 
Title:
Urban Local Government
About the Book:
The 74th Constitutional Amendment Act is a landmark in the history of urban local self-government in the country. It revolutionizes the urban administration in India. It envisages certain essential measures for revitalizing and strengthening the urban local bodies besides ensuring people’s participation in local administration and decision-making. The present book presents an overview of urban local government in the states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh. It discusses at length the new facets of local administration in these states.
Author(s)/Editor(s):
Dr. U. B. Singh
ISBN:
81-7033-380-8
Year of Publication:
1997
 
Title:
Human Resources Development
About the Book:
Human Resources Development (HRD) in Public Administration is still in the stage of development, more so in the public sector. It has been attempted in the book to grasp the intricacies of HRD with two-fold facets, i.e., training as ‘tool of improvement of specific skills of the non-managers’, and ‘development of the managers’. The book analytically discusses the ways to convert the traditional personnel functions to the development mechanisms. It urges upon the need of HRD even before the selection of the personnel. How the conventional tool of performance appraisal can be used for developing personnel to help achieve the organizational objectives is one of the many themes of the book. This study of the UPTRON Group, an upcoming public sector enterprise in Uttar Pradesh, attempts to prepare a base for other and introduce the HRD System. It will be a valuable guide for researchers, HRD professional and corporate managers.
Author(s)/Editor(s):
Dr. U. B. Singh
ISBN:
81-7033-148-7
Year of Publication:
1992
 
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