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Center Warns Negative Ratings for Cities Not Participating in Urban ‘Challenges’ | India News


NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Urban Affairs warned that cities, which do not participate in the contests it conducts, will obtain negative ratings and will be a disincentive for them.
The Union’s secretary for urban affairs, DS Mishra, said this at the launch of two new challenges; EatSmartCities and Transport4All. The virtual event held on Thursday was attended by several city administrators and state government officials.
Mishra said that while 4,320 municipal entities participated in the Swachhta survey, participation is lower in some other competitions launched by the ministry.
“Let’s bring in the disincentive provision for those who do not join the challenge. We will come out with this provision soon,” Mishra said, adding that city participation is more important than simply winning.
The ministry said up to 11 cities will be selected at the end of the first phase of the twin challenges that launched Thursday.
The EatSmart Cities Challenge aims to create an environment of correct eating habits and practices, strengthen the food safety and regulatory environment, raise awareness among consumers and urge them to make better food choices in major cities in India and can be an example for other cities. to go on, the ministry said.
Launching the Transport4All Challenge, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that Covid-19 has stopped the entire world and that transport is one of the worst affected sectors.
“The Transport4All Digital Innovation Challenge will support cities to recover from this mobility crisis,” he added. The challenge aims to develop digital solutions that make public transportation safe, affordable, comfortable and reliable for everyone, he said.
Mishra said the challenge will also help support cities and startups across the country to move towards digital transformation in urban mobility.

Times of India