Addl Inputs on Swachh Bharat Cess Funds Deployment

Below are your key inputs on how the Government should deploy Swachh Bharat Cess Funds to ensure the money is effectively spent. Kindly review and provide any additional inputs you may have.

After all it is your contribution and its important you have a say in its disbursal and effective deployment.

Swachh Bharat Mission

Swachh Bharat Cess Funds Deployment

1. Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), Government of India should become the knowledge template provider for policy, best practices and processes
2. SBM should continue to incorporate citizen feedback on various aspects and disseminate to urban local bodies
3. SBM can also engage citizens in different cities to provide collective feedback on results on the ground
4. SBM should implement a centralized ERP project management system and use to for e-procurement, progress tracking and reporting and make it mandatory use for every urban local body that is seeking SBM funds
5. SBM should also mandate every municipal commissioner to join the respective city Swachh Bharat circle so they can engage citizens in the process and update them
6. All vendor selection, contracts and purchase orders for any activity related to SBM by cities must be processed only through the system
7. A comprehensive SBM funds deployment plan must be developed (by phase) for every city using a common template approved by senior most ULB authority before the funds are released
8. SBM Funds given to the municipalities must have along with them the exact guidelines on where they are to be spent and what classifies as a violation/misuse
9. Any valid exceptions to the original plan must be submitted for electronic approval with basis to SBM State Directorate and SBM Central Directorate
10. Yearly plans should be made public to citizens ahead of time and latest within the first quarter highlighting how cess fund will be spent
11. Status of fund utilization and progress achieved should be made public every quarter
12. A monitoring committee may also be formed at state level and within Central Government to monitor SBM spending by ULBs
13. Some local citizens should also be a part of the spending committee to make sure that the funds are deployed in the right way
14. A status report on where the cess money is being used should be presented bi-annually
15. Funds should be deployed to ULBs through Public Sector Banking Channels under respective State Government guarantee with periodical audits by respective Central or State agency
16. State and Central SBM Directorates must ensure that no funds for the next phase are allocated to ULBs that do not meet atleast 80% of their objectives in the previous phase. more  

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Use the cess money collected to run awareness programmes across towns and cities because citizens in these places do not manage their waste properly. You need experts to be created at local levels who are able to become brand ambassadors for the program. Just having the prime minister and some political heavy weights sweep streets wont help. The citizens at the local level need to be made aware on how and what they need to do to contribute towards proper waste management. Use the money to do just that. Teach them, create awareness and measure impact. more  
Levying of cess was not warranted because the money will not be utilised for the intended purpose. First , the respective Govt. must stop the menace of illegal hoarding, encroachment, vendors occupying foot paths , selling Non veg items on pavements and roadsides . they make the area filthy and occupy space meant for walk . Almost all big cities are facing this problem and concerned authorities turn a blind eye . This problem needs to be resolved on top priority . more  
The 0.5% CESS should cent percent flow down to the local municipalities or the nagar nigams as a fund to maintain cleanliness in the area. The utility of the fund should be clearly mandated and implemented. The mandate should be informed to all, especially the registered RWA. Money has stated flowing into the kitty but the cleanliness is yet to take off. more  
All suggestions are good and we can get a very good result after implementation of all these proposals. more  
imposing cess on tax payers is not only the solution .first ensure the money alloted is properly spent and excuted the value to 100%,if not where it is leaking?,these processes is to be strictly followed by concerned authorityes,and give transperent accountabality to tax payers,by following the above min 50% efficency can be improved then think of leving new cess if required. more  
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