MEPMA To Monitor Rajiv Awas Yojana
Rajiv Awas Yojana aims at a slum-free India by 2014.
Hyderabad | 1st September 2010
Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development Anam Ramnarayan Reddy, on Tuesday, inaugurated the one-day MEPMA Workshop at MCR HRD.
Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY), a program initiated by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (Government of India), aims at a 'Slum-Free India' by 2014.
RAY envisages bringing existing slums within the formal system and enabling them to avail of the same level of basic amenities as the rest of the town; while also tackling the shortages of urban land and housing that keep shelter out of reach of the urban poor.
In Andhra Pradesh, the Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (MEPMA) has been designated as the State Level Nodal Agency (SLNA) by the Government of Andhra Pradesh, to implement/monitor the RAY activities in the state.
For conferring property rights to the slum dwellers, MEPMA has prepared a Draft Legislation; 'Andhra Pradesh Slum (Identification, Redevelopment, Rehabilitation and prevention) Act, 2010'.
The legislation broadly envisages the identification and declaration of Slum Areas, survey and identification of slum dwellers, protection from eviction, assigning property rights, constitution of State and District Slum Redevelopment Authorities, in-situ redevelopment, relocation with rehabilitation of slum areas and prevention of future formation of slums.
Some of the salient features of the draft legislation include a draft Slum Legislation. It envisages conferring property rights to the slum dwellers; provides for the formation of Slum Redevelopment Authorities at the state and at the district level and defines their powers and functions; provides for in-situ re-development wherever sufficient land is available; and provides for relocation with rehabilitation, where slums are on hazardous/objectionable lands and where the community is willing; and provides for protection against eviction except in extreme emergency cases.
The draft legislation also contains provision for the prevention of future growth of slums by reserving land and provision for slum redevelopment fund; earmarking certain proportion of land in all future public and private housing project/layout to ensure inclusiv3e development of the urban areas; earmarking of dwelling space for economically weaker section (EWS) and low income group (LIG) persons for housing purpose; and incentives to developers who are willing to participate in development of slums in public-private-partnership mode.
The final draft will be placed before the Legislative Assembly after incorporating necessary modifications, duly considering suggestions and feedback from all stakeholders.
filed in: Development, Government Schemes, Rajiv Awas Yojana