By Accommodation Times Bureau
In pursuance of the Government’s vision of creating a Slum-free India, In June 2011 has launched ‘Rajiv Awas Yojana’ (RAY).
The Phase I of Rajiv Awas Yojana is for a period of two years from the date of approval of the scheme. The Scheme will provide financial assistance to States including Delhi, that are willing to assign property rights to slum dwellers for provision of decent shelter and basic civic and social services for slum redevelopment, and for creation of affordable housing stock.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Kumari Selja said, fifty percent (50 %) of the cost of provision of basic civic and social infrastructure and amenities and of housing, including rental housing, and transit housing for in-situ redevelopment – in slums of Delhi would be borne by the Centre, including operation & maintenance of assets created under this scheme.
She said, under the preparatory phase of RAY, central assistance of Rs. 9.82 crore has been released to Delhi for undertaking preparatory activities including survey of slums and slum households, GIS mapping of the city etc. for preparation of Slum Free City Plan of Action. The Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board is the nodal agency for the implementation of the Scheme. As per the report received from the nodal agency, the process for undertaking the Slum Survey has been initiated.
Kumari Selja said, it is not possible to indicate the time frame within which all the slum dwellers would be covered as the progress of the scheme would depend on the commitment of the State Government of Delhi to mobilize the technical and financial resources.
The Minister said, RAY is expected to cover about 250 cities, across the entire country by the end of the 12th Plan (2017). The selection of the cities will be done in consultation with the Centre. The States would be required to include all the mission cities of JNNURM, preferably cities with more than 3lakh population as per 2001 Census; and other smaller cities, with due consideration to the pace of growth of the city, of slums, predominance of minority population, and areas where property rights are assigned. Under the Slum Free City Planning Scheme i.e. the preparatory phase of RAY, an amount of Rs.99.98 crore has been released to 34 states / UTs for undertaking preparatory activities. The list of 163 cities for which these funds are to be utilized for undertaking preparatory activities is enclosed at Annexure.