Urban Conclave on Urban Poverty Alleviation and Rajiv Awas Yojana (Ray) to be Held in Mumbai on 27th September 2011
Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India in collaboration with Government of Maharashtra has organized a one day “Urban Conclave on Urban Poverty Alleviation and Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY)” on Tuesday 27th September 2011 at Sahydari State Guest House, Malabar Hill, Mumbai to deliberate on the issues of Urban Poverty Alleviation and Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) in the state of Maharashtra.
The conclave will be attended by the Chief Minister, Maharashtra Shri Prithviraj Chavan, Mayors of the selected RAY cities, Principal Secretary/Secretary, Commissioners Senior officials of Central Government, NGOs, Civil Society, banking sector, representatives of Real Estate Sector and academia.
Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from 25 RAY Cities of Maharashtra have also been invited to interact with Union Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Prithviraj Chavan.
Discussions will be on issues regarding driving the reform agenda under RAY at the State and City level, evolving a comprehensive policy framework and adopting a Mission mode approach to urban poverty.
Recently, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the launch of Phase I of RAY to provide financial assistance to States willing to assign property rights to slum dwellers, for the provision of shelter and basic civic and social services for slum redevelopment and for the creation of affordable housing stock. The scheme is expected to cover about 250 cities (with a population of 1 lakh and above). The key features of the scheme include:
RAY, designed on the basis of the experience of implementing BSUP (JNNURM), focuses on the implementation of reforms as a larger policy overhaul to give the urban poor a voice in the governance of the city. Central assistance under RAY, therefore, is conditional to the implementation of reforms by the states. These include:
The most crucial reform to be enacted is the property rights reform. To that end, the M/o HUPA has drafted a Model Property Rights to Slum Dwellers Act 2011 focusing, inter alia, on the following:
During the conclave Kumar Selja, Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation will discuss with the Chief Minister from Maharashtra and all the stake holders about property rights and community participation which will be bedrock for success of mega scheme like Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY).