Sunday, 12 August 2012

Financial Assistance to A.P. under 1ST Phase of Ray

The Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja has said that in pursuance of the Governments’ vision of creating a Slum Free India, a new scheme ‘Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY)’ has been launched on 02.06.2011. Phase-I of Rajiv Awas Yojana is for a period of 2 years from the date of approval of the scheme, while Phase-II will cover the remaining period of the 12th Five Year Plan (2013-17). 
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today she said, during the year 2009-10 and 2010-11, an amount of Rs. 14.42 crores has been released for undertaking preparatory activities under Slum Free City Planning Scheme, i.e. the preparatory phase of Rajiv Awas Yojana in the cities of ¬ Greater Hyderabad Mpl.
Corp(GHMC), Greater Visakhapatnam Mpl. Corp(GVMC), Vijayawada, Tirupathi, Guntur, Nellore, Kurnool, Rajamundry, Warangal, Kakinada and Ramagundam. During the financial year 2011-12, under RAY a Pilot Project of Hyderabad with project cost of Rs. 5874.59 lakhs has been approved and the 1st instalment of Rs. 741.59 lakhs has been released to the Government of Andhra Pradesh. 
She said, RAY Guidelines stipulates that a ‘whole city’, ‘all slums’, ‘whole slum’ approach will be adopted, rather than a piecemeal, isolated approach, to ensure that all slums within a city, whether notified or non-notified, in small clusters or large, whether on lands belonging to State/Central Government, Urban Local Bodies, public undertakings of State/Central Government, any other public agency and private land, are covered in panning. Implementation could be in phases. In each slum, an integrated approach will be taken, with provision of infrastructure, basic civic and social amenities and decent housing, with attention to planning the layout, total sanitation and provision of adequate green spaces as per town planning norms.
Kumari Selja said, Slum is a state subject. Under Rajiv Awas Yojana guidelines, State Governments, Central Ministries and others agencies are to work in cooperation, to redevelop or relocate slums, duly availing financial assistance from the Ministry, and other support needed if any. 

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