Progress Report – Term Paper Example

Memorandum _____________________________________________________________ (client or supervisor) (you) remember to initial JC Re: Progress Report – “Urban Statistics for HR and Assessment”
Date: 28th September 2010
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Introduction – Urban Statistics for HR and Assessment (USHA) is a project designed by the Government of India to develop a database on slum statistics. The aim of the project is to collect data on slums, population, basic amenities like schools, water, drainage system, hygienic conditions, etc. so as to develop a strategy to provide free or subsidized houses to the poor people in India as part of urban poverty alleviation. The Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies (RCUES) is working on the project in southern states of India which include Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.
Key Steps or Tasks –Some of the key tasks that have to be undertaken are :
To mobilize the urban functionaries, NGOs, municipal authorities to design a framework, curriculum on the strategy that has to be used to undertake survey in the households
Training the persons responsible for survey on community participation and mobilization
Compilation of data and integration of data into the national database
Progress to date – The RCUES has achieved significant progress on the project till date
Have conducted 12 workshops in five states in southern India with target group including project officers, engineers, town planning officers, architect, municipal commissioners and other related officers
The survey has been completed by the state authorities and the compilation of data has to be done
Difficulties/Problems Encountered: Some of the constraints:
Taking community into confidence
Instilling confidence into the project officers, municipal authorities, and other persons responsible for undertaking the survey
Integrating the state data with that of national database
The problems pertaining to community mobilization were solved by meeting the leaders of slum, taking them into confidence and informing them about the vision of Govt. of India and benefits to the slum people. Bridging software was developed by the software consultants so as to enable the surveyors to enter data in the application which would directly integrate into the national database.
Successes – The institution has achieved considerable success ratio in training programmes in southern India. The institution has provided training to over 1500 officers to work on urban poverty alleviation.
Financial Status – The Govt. of India has allocated a budget of Rs. 10 crore out of which Rs. 7 crores has been spent on training programmes and the remaining amount is likely to be spent on organizing a national workshop with regard to formulation of urban poverty alleviation
Recommended Actions
To conduct training programmes in the remote areas from where the people cannot come because of distance and communication facilities.
To provide additional tools and materials assisting the officers to carry out the work of survey profiling correctly and accurately
Summary Conclusion – The program “Urban Statistics for HR and Assessment” is about collecting data pertaining to the people living in slums, the existing facilities like schools, water, drainage, hospitals, transport, etc. so that the government of India could formulate a policy as to how these so called weaker sections could be benefited. RCUES has completed training in all the southern states of India which is its jurisdictional area. The project will be completed as soon as all the states complete their survey’s after which a national workshop will be conducted to make an analysis and provide policy inputs will be forwarded to the Government of India.