Kalaignar Urban Development Scheme

The Hindu

GS 2: Government Policies and Interventions


  • The Tamil Nadu government would implement the Kalaignar Urban Development Scheme at a cost of Rs. 1,000 crores. 


  • Under this scheme, Infrastructure including a community hall, markets, modern libraries will be created in municipalities and town panchayats
  • The urban employment scheme will be on the lines of the MGNREGS, to improve the livelihood of the urban poor.

Objectives and Need: 

  • Growing urbanisation: The urban population in Tamil Nadu was growing fast and it would reach 60% of the total population by 2036
    • A total of four crore people are now living in urban areas, accounting for 53% of the total population.
  • Impact of COVID-19 pandemic: It aims to provide employment to the urban poor, who had lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    • Thousands of jobs were lost and the government discussed ways to create jobs for them. 
    • Under the scheme, workers will be used for activities such as desilting of water bodies and maintenance of public parks and other places.
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