Ajay Maken for upgradation of slums

Last Updated: Thu, Mar 21, 2013 13:25 hrs

New Delhi: Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Ajay Maken today said that his ministry will frame "Slum Upgradation Index" city wise and state wise for monitoring periodically the up gradation of slums in the country.

Speaking at a function of release of report on Housing Stock, Amenities and Assets in Slums based on House listing and Housing Census 2011 here, Maken said for this purpose a committee will be set-up to suggest the methodology for drafting this index.

Flagging the important aspects of the slum data in the above report, Maken said his Ministry will not have any distinction between Notified, Recognized and Identified slums while providing Financial assistance to the States under the Rajiv Awaas Yojana ( RAY) Scheme, the with an objective for bringing improvements of slums.

He urged the State Government to convert the notified local bodies into statutory local bodies with provision of municipalities for improving the living conditions in these towns.

Complimenting the efforts of the census organization in bringing out such important facts, Maken said that this slum data will help in redrawing our programmes/Schemes and fix priorities under various schemes of the Ministry.

Maken released this report in the presence of R.P. N. Singh, Minister of State for Home at a function organized by the office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India.

Speaking on the occasion, Singh stated that inputs provided in the report will be of great use to the Central, State Governments and various stakeholders for improving the conditions in the slums. 

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