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The current Covid situation brings to us the point that Smart Cities Mission must now pivot towards health. Comment.

Topic:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

5. The current Covid situation brings to us the point that Smart Cities Mission must now pivot towards health. Comment.(250 words)

Reference:  Indian Express 

Why this question:

The question is based on the article that highlights the concerns associated with smart cities and lack of due importance to health infrastructure in it.

Key demand of the question:

Explain why Smart cities mission must at least now have pivot towards Health as one of the primary pillars in the mission.

Directive:

Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly explain the smart cities mission and its objectives.

Body:

To start with, explain first in what way Smart Cities Mission, which was to approach urban planning creatively, perpetuates the traditional neglect of health. Explain the need for the mission to acknowledge the importance of health as the substrate of productivity. Suggest reasons as to why health should be made one of the primary pillars of the mission.

Conclusion:

Conclude with reforms and suggestions for the policy.