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‘RAY' of hope for slum-dwellers

V.Geetanath


Rajiv Awas Yojana, aimed at providing slum-free urban areas, will cover 7,465 slums in State


HYDERABAD: The ambitious Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) to be unveiled in a couple of months by the Central government towards providing slum-free urban areas is to touch 7,465 slums in the State.

Department of Municipal Administration's Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (MEPMA), nodal agency in A.P. for implementing scheme, has estimated that 90 lakh people or 18.60 households live in these slums – whether they are notified, non-notified or slum pockets.

RAY with an aim to make the country free of slums by 2014 has the mandate to not only provide basic amenities like proper housing, drinking water, sewerage but also skill development facilities. While the guidelines for the scheme will be released soon, the State has been asked to make an action plan based on the status reports.

Slums' profile in all the 120 municipal regions has already been gathered like the population, land covered, social factors, education, etc., and a more comprehensive socio-economic survey is being taken up where details of the households including income, religion, caste, sub-caste, mortality rates, access to toilets, water, etc., are being gathered.

A senior official revealed a pilot project of the socio-economic survey taken up in three municipalities -- Dharmavaram, Chirala and Suryapet -- last year was successfully completed. Work on another 22 municipalities of the first batch of 25 was on. Slums in 63 municipal regions will be covered in the second phase while remaining 37 will be covered in the third phase.

The survey is being done with the help of 200 trained community resource persons drawn from self-help groups, slum federations with the assistance of the local municipal authorities. Geographical Information System (GIS) mapping too is being done under the survey, he said.

Rs. 6.61 cr. released

The Centre and the State had released Rs. 6.61 crore for taking up the preliminary surveys and once the scheme parameters are decided, the State is expecting substantial funds running into Rs. 25,000 crore spread over five years to be pumped in to change the face of slums and people living in them.

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