The District Urban Development Agency (DUDA), under the State Urban Development Agency (SUDA) was created in the context of implementation and monitoring of various centrally sponsored Programmes namely Urban Basic Services for the Poor. But no staff or officer was provided to DUDA, and as the consequence DUDAs are not functioning due to lack of minimum support staff.
With the rapid urbanization development activities in the urban areas has increased considerably. The quantum of funds being provided to the Urban Local Bodies in various districts now are quite substantial. With launching of Jawaharlas Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) the quantum of fund provided to the Urban Local Bodies have increased manifold. In addition, special focus is being given for improving the socio-economic conditions of the urban poor through self employment and skill development programme. The SJSRY has also been revamped by the Government of India recently. In addition to employment generation programmes emphasis is being given on areas relating to urban health, education and also social security for the urban poor. For effective implementation of a considerable number of infrastructure and social sector programmes by the Urban Local Bodies, it is essential to develop a proper mechanism at the district level to oversee and monitor the implementation of the programmes by the Urban Local Bodies by way of, -
conducting socio-economic survey for policy planning for alleviation of urban poverty;
maintaining date bank incorporating huge data related to poverty survey and other pro-poor programmes;
monitoring implementation of state urban poverty programme and polity within the overall state urban strategy;
providing technical support to districts/ towns to achieve convergence targets and participatory system;
planning, coordinating, and monitoring the state training plan for generating employment opportunities (including self-employment) and alleviation of poverty throughout the State as well as for implementation and monitoring of different urban health programmes;
mobilizing resources and determine allocations of poverty alleviation programmes, like SJSRY, JSY etc., based on the need and performance;
guiding and supervising the programme implementation through visits to the projects and reporting the programme status monthly or as per requirement from time to time to the Government of India ;
supporting SUDA, Nodal Agency in respect of the Backward Region Grant Fund schemes for urban areas for identified districts;
acting as a nodal agency for accessing loans from financial institutions with approval of the State Government;
supporting SUDA, the Nodal Agency for UIDSSMT and IHSDP Schemes under JNNURM in every district;
supporting SUDA in implementing NUIS in district level;
planning, monitoring and supervising Urban Health Programmes in 85 Urban Local Bodies; and
supervising and monitoring Urban Health Programme of KMA and Non- KMA Urban Local Bodies on behalf of SUDA.
3. Lately one post of District Municipal Development Officer (DMDO) for each district has been created, and many officers have duly been posted as DMDOs. Now as the DMDOs shall act as the Member Secretary, DUDA, it is felt necessary to revitalize the DUDA by making it functional so that it can efficiently act as a nodal point in the districts for monitoring and implementation of the schemes with funds provided to the Urban Local Bodies.
4. For this purpose it is felt necessary to provide each DUDA with a minimum organisational support by way of creating one Poverty Monitoring Officer, one Computer Assistant and one Multi-purpose Helper for each district. Considering the number of Urban Local Bodies and their activities, North 24 Parganas District, with 27 Urban Local Bodies, may have two additional Poverty Monitoring Officers and one additional Computer Assistant. Similarly the districts of Burdwan, Birbhum, and Hoogly may be allowed one additional Poverty Monitoring Officer. Thus this Department proposes creation of the follwing posts: