Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja has said that the Government has announced the launching of a new scheme called Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) for the slum dwellers and the urban poor. The goal of the scheme is to create Slum-free Urban India. It envisaged dovetailing the following schemes under implementation: Affordable Housing in Partnership and Interest Subsidy for Housing the Urban Poor and extending support under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) to States that are willing to assign property rights to people living in slum areas. JNNURM is under implementation since 3rd December 2005. The components of Basic Services for the Urban Poor (BSUP) and Integrated Housing and Slum Development Porgramme (IHSDP) under JNNURM, address the provision of land tenure, affordable housing, water, sanitation and other basic amenities to the urban poor, especially slum-dwellers.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha she said, the 2001 Census conducted Slum survey for 640 Towns with more than 50,000 Population. Subsequently, at the request of Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, enumeration was done for 1103 Towns with population between 20,000 and 50,000. These 1743 Towns reported a slum population of about 52 million, i.e. 23.5 per cent of population.