NITI Aayog-SCE launches urban management programme

NITI Aayog has partnered with SCE to launch an urban management programme.

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National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) has partnered with Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE) to launch an urban management programme in New Delhi. Singapore based non-profit organisation Temasek Foundation has granted an amount of SGD 851,750 to financially support the three-year programme.

According to Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, “Urban Transformation is given first preference in National Development Agenda of India. The government has started several schemes for the development of the urban centres in the country that include Atal Mission for Urban Rejuvenation and Transformation (AMRUT), Housing for All by 2022 and 100 Smart Cities Mission.

“In order to realise the vision of the government in initiating these schemes, NITI Aayog has collaborated with SCE. The programme would tap the “urban management expertise of Singapore” for improving the cities and towns in the country,” he said. 

The training programme comprises various workshops on topics that include urban planning, governance, public financing, and water, wastewater and solid waste management.

The programme aims to train more than 115 government officials from seven states of the country, in a series of capacity building workshops that will held in both New Delhi and Singapore.

The seven participating states include Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Assam.

Sunita Sanghi, Advisor, Managing Urbanisation of NITI Aayog and Kong Wy Mun, Chief Executive of SCE signed an MoU. NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya, Singapore's High Commissioner to India Lim Thuan Kuan, Temasek Foundation CEO Benedict Cheong and other senior officials from the participating seven states were also present on the occasion.