Accommodation Times News Service
The Government has launched the Scheme of Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) with the vision of creating a “Slum Free India”. This was stated by Shri Ajay Maken, Union Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA), in the Rajya Sabha today, in a written reply to a question by Dr.Pardeep Kumar Balmuchu.
The Minister further added that under the Scheme, Central Assistance will be extended to States that are willing to assign property rights to slum dwellers and undertake reservation of land/Floor Area Ratio (FAR)/dwelling units for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS)/Low Income Groups (LIG), earmark 25 per cent of municipal budget for basic services to the urban poor/slum-dwellers and bring in legislative amendments and policy changes to redress land and affordable housing shortages for the urban poor. The Scheme adopts a ‘whole city’ ‘all slums’ ‘whole slum’ approach. All Rajiv Awas Yojana houses under the scheme will cater to the shelter needs of slum dwellers comprising economically weaker sections and urban low income groups, the Minister added.