Rajiv Awas Yojana: builders not too keen on rental housing

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The Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) announced in the 2009 budget is one of the United Progressive Alliance government’s initiatives aimed at improving living conditions for the urban poor through the construction of housing for the so-called economically weaker sections (EWS), a measure aimed at reining in the relentless spread of slums across India’s urban landscape. […]

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Vijayawada – Housing for the poor- on farmer’s land- Innovation?!

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Shared by: Prakash Kumar Pathak, PRIA Source: Nav Bharat Times/ The Economic Times    Vijayawada urban agglomeration is characterized by a very significant presence of the urban poor, with a growing poverty profile. The commercial capital of Andhra Pradesh has a population of 11.8 lakh with a large percentage (over 25%) living in over 111 […]

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Slowing economy hits India’s poorest

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Source: Financial Times Sher Singh has not found work in weeks. The 33-year-old day-labourer – who lives in one of India’s largest industrial districts outside Delhi – says things were different a year ago. “Every day I would get up to three different jobs,” he says, leaning against a rickety wall along Harola Labour Chowk […]

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Six districts of J-K to be brought under Rajiv Awas Yojna

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Six districts of Jammu and Kashmir, including the twin capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu, will be brought under the centrally-sponsored Rajiv Awas Yojna (RAY) scheme aimed at rehabilitating slum dwellers. “The Centre has sanctioned the implementation of the Scheme (RAY) in six districts — Jammu, Kathua and Udhampur in Jammu province and Srinagar, Baramulla […]

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Bangalore-Government sites out of reach for EWS

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 The state government has allotted less than seven per cent of the sites to be issued under housing schemes formulated to help the economically weaker sections. According to the data obtained by Express, in 2011-12 report, the state had planned to distribute 2 lakh sites (1.5 lakh in rural and 0.5 lakh in urban). During […]

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New Panel to review poverty estimates!

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The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government is revisiting both the methodology used to calculate the number of poor and the estimates of poverty with the intention of eventually linking them to its entitlement programmes, after coming under fire for the way it measured indigence. The panel will suggest a methodology to update the consumption-based poverty […]

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State/ City Consultations on Strengthening Civil Society Voices on Urban Poverty – Rajasthan/ Kerala

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PRIA and SPARC along with a number of partner civil society and community based organization are working towards strengthening civil society voices and actions on ever increasing issues in urban poverty in different states of the country. One of the major inadequacies in taking forward the agenda of inclusion and active participation of the urban […]

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For the cause of Slum Dwellers and Homeless!

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The Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA) Kumari Selja has said that as ‘Land’ and ‘Colonization’ are State subjects, it is the primary responsibility of the States to provide housing and sanitation facilities to all the economically poor and marginalized families belonging to the Scheduled Tribes including those who are not even listed […]

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Cities need money, and managers!

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Shared by Vinika Kaul, PRIA Article by PSN Rao, a Professor at SPA, New Delhi Source: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/cities-need-money-and-managers/948303/1 India’s cities are growing in size and so are the numbers of inhabitants. The demands on the urban envelope are only increasing by the day and in terms of sheer numbers, it is quite mind boggling. While cities […]

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Right to be included – Before Right to Shelter!! – Vizag

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Shared by Nidhi Singh nee Batra, PRIA Slum-Free India Conference – Andhra Pradesh Amid preventive custody of nearly 50 agitators including slum residents, leaders and activists of the CPM, a two-day international conference on Slum Free Urban India (SFUI) was held on 14-15 May in Vizag. The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) hosted the meet […]

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