Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said on Friday that he will visit all the states to ensure that that Centre-funded urban reforms are being effectively implemented.
Speaking during the Idea Exchange programme at The Indian Express, Naidu said, “I would be going to states after the Parliament session gets over. We will go and see the problems being faced by state governments as far as projects funded by the Centre are concerned. I will also see whether states are following all the guidelines or not. So instead of individual MPs or ministers coming to my office here, Delhi will be visiting them.” While several states have been organising Sarkar Aapke Dwar programmes, it is for the first time that a Union minister will be doing the same.
Naidu, who is also the Parliamentary Affairs Minister, said the choice of Leader of the Opposition was the prerogative of the Speaker of the House and the Opposition should play a more constructive role. “Discuss, debate and decide. Do not disrupt,” he added.
He also said that the government was serious about a new urban reform mission and will approach the Cabinet soon. He said that the new mission will be different from JNNURM, launched by the UPA. “We will be ready with the new urban mission by end of the session and will move a Cabinet note after that,” the minister said.
On the issue of several UPA-appointed governors not vacating their posts, Naidu said, “There was a witch hunt against NDA-appointed governors when they came to power. They made Sheila Diskhit the governor of Kerala so that she could escape the law as a case was registered against her. All the non-political governors have resigned. If they don’t resign now, they will resign to their fate,” said Naidu.
He also said there is no concept of free-power and people have to pay for services. “Free power means low power and then no power. There is no free power even in Gujarat.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always stressed on better Centre-state coordination and it also found mention in the Presidential address.