Why is it in the news?
- The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has launched the ‘AAINA Dashboard for Cities’ portal.
- The portal serves as a platform for Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) across India to voluntarily submit key data regularly, including audited accounts and self-reported performance metrics, by logging into the dashboard’s portal. This data submission is voluntary, emphasizing a participatory approach.
Information collection on five thematic areas
- Political and Administrative
- Citizen Centric Governance
- Delivery of Basic Services
Objectives of AAINA Dashboard
- Allow cities to compare their performance with other cities.
- Inspire cities by identifying areas of improvement and possibilities.
- Provide opportunities for learning and engagement with leading cities.
- Importantly, the dashboard does not rank Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).
|Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in India:|
· Local governments in Indian cities are established under the 74th Amendment Act, which promotes democratic decentralization in urban areas.
· State legislatures have the authority to enact taxes and levies that support the budgets of local governments.
· ULBs encompass various types, including municipal corporations, municipalities, notified area committees, and town area committees, each catering to cities or towns with specific population criteria.
· ULBs are responsible for various functions related to city development, such as welfare, public health, safety, infrastructure development, and other urban development activities.