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Government of India
Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
01-March-2011 16:00 IST
BPL Persons in Urban Areas
The Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja has said, as per the estimates of NSSO (61st Round) for the year 2004-2005, based on the Uniform Recall Period (URP) method, the estimated number of urban poor is 80.8 Million which is 25.7% of the urban population of the country.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today she said, in pursuance of the address of the President of India, to both Houses of Parliament in June 2009 in which the Government’s vision of a “Slum-free India” was announced, the Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation has submitted the proposal of Rajiv Awas Yojana for the consideration of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on 10th February, 2011. This scheme aims to provide support for shelter & basic civic and social services for slum redevelopment and creation of affordable housing stock to States that are willing to assign property rights to slum dwellers. The Schemes has not yet been launched.