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JNNURM bonanza for State

Special Correspondent

Rs. 5,000 crore sanctioned for 52 infrastructure, housing projects



Funds aplenty:Union Minister of State for Housing and Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja with Minister for Housing Katta Subramanya Naidu (third from left) at the inauguration of houses for the poor in Bangalore on Saturday.

Bangalore: Karnataka, and Bangalore and Mysore in particular, are all set to reap rich benefits from the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) with the Union Government approving Rs. 5,000 crore for a string of projects.

Union Minister of State for Housing and Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja on Saturday said the Centre had approved Rs. 5,000 crore for the State under the JNNURM for developing infrastructure and providing housing to the poor.

Inaugurating a large number of housing quarters at Laggere here, built by the Karnataka Slum Clearance Board under the JNNURM for slum-dwellers, she said that the Centre had approved construction of 20,000 houses at a cost of Rs. 20 crore for the poor families who were displaced from slums in the city.

She said Rs. 5,000 crore has been sanctioned for 52 projects under the JNNURM for the State. She also announced that the Centre was in the process of launching a slew of measures for the benefit of the urban poor in the country, such as the Rajiv Gandhi Awas Yojana and the Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana. The Centre had sanctioned Rs. 150 crore for the poor under the ‘affordable partnership' scheme and the funds would be released if the State Government pursued it in right earnest.

Still more

She said that another massive housing programme, the Rajiv Gandhi Awas Yojana for vulnerable sections, had been initiated by the Centre to turn the country into a slum-free nation, and the guidelines were being finalised. Karnataka would also get a substantial amount under the programme.

As a large number of street vendors were providing services to people in urban areas, the Centre has formulated a street vendor yojana, she said. Under this, the Union Government would release funds for their housing at a nominal interest of five per cent. The requisite funds would be transferred to the State governments, which could implement it along with the municipal authorities concerned. In all these programmes, the Union Minister stressed the need for objectivity, efficiency and credibility on the part of officers responsible for identifying the beneficiaries.

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