Bhopal, Jan 19: The Department For International Development (DFID) of United Kingdom has extended financial assistance of Rs 350 crore for a five-year urban services programme for the poor in Madhya Pradesh.
Nearly half of the funds for the 2006-11 programme were being spent on development works in the slums of the four cities -- Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore and Jabalpur --, official sources said today.
The remaining amount was being spent on slum improvement works in other urban local bodies.The objective of the MPUSP programme was to enhance the capacity of selected urban local bodies to deliver better services to the urban poor. MPUSP was working with urban local bodies and slum communities to improve water and sanitation services including waste collection and to provide better roads, drains and street lights.
Non-Government Organisations (NGO) were also being supported to strengthen community partnership for improved livelihoods and community based projects.
A salient feature of the programme was to improve citizen's access to the government through the introduction of e-governance and other delivery system, they said.
The activities under the programme were selected and designed to benefit the poorest and most vulnerable groups in the State and to mark better coordination with the State government. ''It also supports the pro-poor activities of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission and other government and donor interventions,'' they added.