Sunday, 12 August 2012

Non Completion of Projects Under RAY

The Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja has said that Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) was launched on 02.06.2011 with a vision of creating a Slum Free India. Phase-I of Rajiv Awas Yojana is for a period of 2 years from the date of approval of the scheme. 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, under this scheme, Central assistance is provided to States that are willing to assign property rights to slum dwellers, for provision of decent shelter and basic
civic and social services for slum redevelopment, and for creation of Affordable Housing Stock. Under Rajiv Awas Yojana 8 Pilot Projects with total project cost of Rs. 446.22 crores involving central assistance of Rs. 197.09 crores have been approved for construction of total 8400 dwelling units. The first instalment of Rs. 65.69 crores has been released to the concerned states only in March 2012 and hence the question of non completion of projects does not arise. 
Kumari Selja said, RAY is both a demand and reform-driven scheme and there is no State-wise allocation. However, during the year 2009-10, an amount of Rs. 480.14 lakhs has been released to the Government of Tamil Nadu for undertaking preparatory activities, the preparatory phase of RAY. The preparatory activities are being carried out in Chennai Municipal Corporation, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Salem, Tiruppur, Tiruneiveli, Erode, Vellore and Tuticorin under Slum Free City Planning Scheme. 

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