The infrastructural needs in Jammu and Kashmir are tremendous. Not only is the place lacking on development based on scientific lines but no plans are afoot to transform the region into creating the centres of livelihood for ensuring growth and involvement of the younger generation at various levels.
The twin cities of Jammu and Srinagar have been witnessing a haphazard increase both in terms of economic development and urbanization. Though the two are interlinked but so far no attention was provided to provide any scientific intervention so that the growth trajectory could have been capitalized in a better way.
The growth and expansion of cities not only contributes more to the GDP, but it also serves as the engine of progress. Therefore, the way urban population is increasing new measures will have to be taken to deliver facilities to them.
The strength of any city is measured by its economic prosperity and the power behind it comes from connectivity, environment, workers group, waste management, culture and other related fields. Therefore, the big cities of Jammu and Srinagar not only need to be made competitive, while effectively managing them, but they should also secure the livelihood of the people.
Taking a step forward to make cities more sustainable, structured for optimum resource utilization and sensitive and supportive towards the marginalized sections of the society, the government has announced the City Livelihood Centre (CLC), to be established at Jammu and later at Srinagar.
The move will explore multiple factors for effectively managing the cities in the coming times so that the region can move towards developing Quality Cites, People’s Cities and bring Jammu and Srinagar in top 30 Non-Metro Cities.
The key features of the newly inaugurated City Livelihood Centre will ensure intervention aimed at strengthening National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM) Outcomes by unleashing the capabilities of marginalized sections of the society living in urban areas to generate meaningful and sustainable livelihood.
In today’s world the cities need to be structured and developed in such a way that it should provide an ecosystem to facilitate the marginalized to channelize their skills, support their livelihoods and enable them to lead a dignified life in the society.
The formation and functioning of CLC, a specialized skill centre is the extension of Government’s efforts for reaching out to the people in need providing sustainable source of income through vocational training and business development support under single roof.
The new centre will help in finding a viable market for goods produced by the members of Self Help Groups; providing business information and support services to the poor as and when needed by them, besides creating an understanding of the market by studying the need of demand and supply chain of the market.
It will also act as information dissemination centre with respect to skill training, bank credit, social security benefits, besides providing space and other necessary facilities to the institutions imparting skill trainings through designing skill training programmes/conducting seminars/ holding meetings with training providers and training seekers.
Though the scheme offers more promise for growth and sustainability now it is the responsibility of the administration to ensure that the projects are implemented in such a way that maximum benefits are achieved within the shortest possible time.