Housing & Urban Affairs Minister holds review of PMAY (Urban)

by Frankie Norman September 6, 2017, 1:07
Housing & Urban Affairs Minister holds review of PMAY (Urban)

Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri on Monday said he was looking at the year 2022 for realisation of targets for various urban and housing schemes. Puri, 65, becomes the full time minister of this crucial ministry, which is spearheading Modi's four flagship programmes - PM Awas Yojna also known as Housing for All, Smart Cities, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Swachh Bharat in urban areas - after M Venkaiah Naidu, who was elected Vice-President.

The Minister will be attending the inauguration of the first phase of 8.5-km stretch of Lucknow Metro between Transport Nagar and Charbagh on Tuesday. He was also India's envoy to Brazil and the United Kingdom.

Puri, a 1974-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, most recently served as Vice President at the International Peace Institute and as the Secretary General of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism in NY.

Earlier this year, he was appointed as Chairman of Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), a Delhi-based autonomous think-tank that works under the Ministry of External Affairs.

With extensive experience in multilateral diplomacy, Puri has served on three occasions as a member of India's Delegation to the GATT/United Nations in Geneva including as Ambassador and Permanent Representative from 2002 to 2005.

As the head of an Indian delegation to the UNSC, he served as the chairman of the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the United Nations and president of the UNSC.

Mr Puri briefly taught at St Stephens College before joining the IFS.

An alumnus of the Hindu College, Delhi University, Mr Puri was a student leader and active during the JP Movement.

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