Features of Model Property Rights to Slum Dwellers Act, 2011

By Delhi Bureau
The Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja has said that the salient features of the draft Model Property Rights to ‘Slum Dwellers Act, 2011’ which has been circulated to the States for their comments are as follows:
i. The Act states that every landless person living in a slum area in any city or urban area (on a date to be specified by the State Government) shall be entitled to a dwelling space at an affordable cost;
ii. Every Slum dweller shall be given a legal entitlement, which shall be in the name of the female head of the household or in the joint name of the male head of the household and his wife;
iii. The dwelling space so provided shall not be transferable but shall be mortgageable for the purpose of raising housing loan;
iv. It provides for the establishment of City / Urban Area Slum Redevelopment Committee for carrying out functions specified under the Act and the establishment of a State Slum Redevelopment Authority to continuously monitor implementation of the Act and to recommend corrective measures wherever necessary.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today she said, Land is a state subject. It is not possible to indicate the time frame by which all the states would suitably adopt and introduce the Property Rights to Slum Dwellers Act.

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