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Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit recently stated that the government would ensure that about 15,000 flats are allocated to the poor in the first phase by March 2011. The scheme under which the flats will be allocated is called the Rajiv Ratna Awaas Yojna. However, in two years that the
After wrangling for over two years, the
The government has put in place a Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), which has been tasked with the work to conduct survey and identify beneficiaries for the Rajiv Ratna Awaas Yojna. The Slum and JJ department had formerly been with the MCD. The government and the MCD have been more often working on different trajectories when it came to the purpose of rehabilitating the slum-dwellers. Now that the DSUIB which has come into an existence following a legislation passed by the Delhi Assembly would oversee the work of finding affordable housing for the slum-dwellers.
"We have issued clear instructions to initiate process of allotment of around 15,000 available low-cost houses in the first phase. The flats have been constructed under JNNURM project," Dikshit stated after a Cabinet meeting recently. In fact, the flats had already been constructed and were lying vacant for many months when the
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The government has specified the changed eligibility criteria for the slum-dwellers. Now, the cut-off date for a slum-dweller for having resided in the slum has been revised from March 31, 2002 to March 31, 2007 in an attempt to cover a large number of slum-dwellers. Also, the annual family income limit has also been revised from earlier Rs.60,000 to Rs.1 lakh. So, slum and jhuggi-jhopri (JJ) dwellers who had settled in clusters on or prior to March 31, .2007 would now become eligible to claim low-cost flats, which roughly cost about Rs 2 lakh.
occupants, who can be allotted flats under the Rajiv Rattan Awas Yojna so as to remove encroachment from the civic agency's land. The MCD told the DSUIB that transfer of 31 JJ camps from its land will vacate about two lakh square metres of land which can be used for building community halls, hospitals, school buildings, parking and so on.
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