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Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
30-December-2010 16:33 IST
Major Initiatives and Achievements of Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation in the Year 2010
Year End Review- 2010

Year End Review- 2010



A.        POLICY


1.         Follow up on National Urban Housing and Habitat Policy (NUHHP), 2007:

1.1       The Policy and the actionable points under the National Urban Housing & Habitat Policy, 2007 have been put on the web-site of the Ministry  The first meeting of High Level Monitoring Committee was held on 19.7.2010 under the Chairmanship of the Minister (HUPA&T). In follow up to the decisions taken by the Committee, four consultations have been organised by the Ministry to discuss the preparation of State Urban Housing and Habitat Policy and State Level Action Plans.






1.1       Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) 

                As on 15.11.2010, 1439 Projects with total Project Cost of Rs. 36482.26 crore comprising Central Share of Rs. 20130.79 crore have been approved in 881 Cities/Towns (64 Mission Cities and 817 for small towns/cities) for construction of more than 15.40 lakh Dwelling Units (DUs) under JNNURM (1028503 DUs under BSUP and 512108 DUs under IHSDP). So far 3.54 lakh DUs have been completed and 4.68 lakh DUs are under progress.  


1.2.      Progress on 3-Pro-poor Key Reforms:


·                     55 cities have so far undertaken internal earmarking within local body budgets for Basic Services to the Urban Poor

·                     50 cities in 21 States have issued the policy directives for  earmarking of at least 20-25% of developed land in all housing projects (both public and private agencies) for EWS/LIG category

·                     Implementation of 7- Point Charter: Provision of 7 Basic Entitlements/Services –   The Ministry has issued advisory to all States for drawing an action plan and set clear milestones for occupancy of the houses constructed under BSUP and IHSDP as early as possible.


2.1       Some Recent Initiatives under JNNURM:


  i.    Scheme of “Affordable Housing in Partnership

            The Government has launched new scheme of Affordable Housing in Partnership with an outlay of Rs. 5,000 crores for construction of one million houses for EWS/LIG/MIG with at least 25% for EWS category.  The scheme aims at partnership between various agencies/ Government/ parastatals/ Urban Local Bodies/ developers for realizing the goal of affordable housing for all.  Detailed Guidelines have been issued in this regard. 14 projects with total project cost of Rs. 792.04 Crore were approved for construction of 19,100 dwelling units under Affordable Housing in Partnership for the States of Uttar Pradesh (10 projects) and Chhattisgarh (4 projects).

ii.     Social Audit

             It has also been decided to establish an independent social audit and public accountability of JNNURM (BSUP and IHSDP) along with a Manual on Social Audit to ensure that the benefits of projects under JNNURM reach the intended poor beneficiaries and that the projects are implemented in a participatory manner involving the poor. In this regard proposals are invited from National Network of Resource Centres (NNRCs) in collaboration of reputed Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) for conducting Social Audit Pilots of BSUP and IHSDP Projects.


iii.     Central TPIM

            The Ministry has appointed 2 agencies as Central TPIM agencies for undertaking TPIM exercises on a sample basis to independently report to the Central Government on quality in execution of BSUP and IHSDP projects in various States/UTs. A total of 126 projects have been selected on sample basis from States/UTs for independent assessment of quality of projects.



3.       Rajiv Awas Yojana

·                 The President of India, through her Address to both the Houses of Parliament in June 2009 and the Prime Minster, in his Independence Day Address, have announced the Government’s vision of a “Slum-free India” through a new scheme “Rajiv Awas Yojana”. The parameters of the proposed Rajiv Awas Yojana have been formulated and the same, along with observations by the Planning Commission thereon, have been considered by the Expenditure Finance Committee on 27.10.2010.   The Government is in the process of moving the Cabinet for approval of the Scheme parameters based on the observations by the EFC.   

·                 While the finalization of the scheme is underway, the Ministry launched the preparatory phase of Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY), called the Slum Free City Planning Scheme. Under this scheme an amount of Rs. 60 crores has been released to States for undertaking slum survey, mapping of slums, developing slum information system, undertaking community mobilization, preparation of Slum-free City/State Slum-free Plans etc. before seeking support under Rajiv Awas Yojana.


·               A slum MIS has been developed which is a centralized web enabled system to build an integrated robust information system on slums and the households living in these slums.  This is being used by the States to enter the data of the slums and socio-economic survey.

·               The National Steering Committee under Slum-free City Planning scheme for Rajiv Awas Yojana has approved the technical guidelines on GIS mapping of slums and GIS-MIS integration are being issued to states.


C.        OTHERS


1.1        Interest Subsidy Scheme of Housing For the Urban Poor (ISHUP) - introduced in the year 2008-09 provides for interest subsidy on housing loans to the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and Low Income Group (LIG) as part of credit-enablement measures and encourages those households to avail of loan facilities through Commercial Banks/Housing Finance Companies for the purposes of construction/acquisition of houses and avail 5% subsidy in interest payment for loans upto Rs. 1 lakh.  The scheme aims to cover 3.10 lakh beneficiaries over the 11th Plan Period.


1.2       As on date, 2638 beneficiaries have been covered under the Scheme incurring expenditure of Rs. 2.22 crores (including the expenditure of IEC) during the Financial Year 2010-11.      


2.       Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY)


2.1       During the year 2009-2010 an amount of Rs.421.61 crore was released to the States/UTs. During 2010-2011, an amount of Rs.563.20 crore has been tentatively allocated for States/UTs out of which, by now, an amount of Rs.371.89 crore (as on 02-12-2010) has been released to various States under this Scheme.


3.         Integrated Low Cost Sanitation (ILCS) Scheme


3.1       As on date total number of units sanctioned is 3,01,622 under which 2,51,963 units are for conversion and 49659 units are for new construction. There is a budget provision of Rs. 71.00 crore for the current financial year under the scheme.



            4.         Draft Model Real Estate (Regulation of Development) Act 200_____.

4.1      The Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation has drafted a draft Model Real Estate (Regulation of Development) Act 200_____.   The draft bill was put in public domain through website of the Ministry ( in August, 2009.

4.3      The second draft prepared on the basis of comments/suggestions was considered in a meeting taken by Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation on 10.8.2010.  The bill was referred to the Ministry of Law & Justice for advice as to whether it would be appropriate to legislate in the matter by the Union Government or otherwise. Advice of the  Ministry of Law & Justice  has been received and the matter is being examined in the Ministry in the light of advice.






1.     National Buildings Organisation (NBO): 


1.1       A committee under the Chairmanship of Dr. Pranob Sen, Principal Adviser, Planning Commission (former Secretary, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation, Government of India) was set up by Ministry of HUPA to study the slum definition and to estimate urban slum population for the whole country on the basis of available data. The Committee submitted its final Report to the Ministry of HUPA on 26th August, 2010 and the same was accepted by the Ministry.



2.    Housing & Urban Development Corporation Limited (HUDCO) :


2.1       The Housing & Urban Development Corporation Ltd. (HUDCO) was set up as a fully owned Government company in April, 1970 with a view to provide loans and technical support to States and City level agencies and other eligible organization for various types of housing activities and infrastructure development.


3.         Hindustan Prefab Limited (HPL):


·                     HPL successfully completed the construction of Assam Rifles Memorial at their Headquarters near Shillong (Meghalaya), the first of its kind in 175 years history of the Force. 

·                     HPL signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ministry of External Affairs on 16th November, 2010 to construct 1000 houses for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) of Northern Sri Lanka as a pilot project. The total commitment of Government of India is 50,000 such houses. This is HPL’s first overseas venture.


4.   Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC)


·                     The Council has published the Guidelines on Improving Earthquake, Wind/ Cyclone, Floods Resistance of Housing, Training Manual for Ductile Detailing, Manual for Restoration and Retrofitting of Buildings in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh and Vol. VIII to XII in Aam Admi series, both in English and Hindi languages. These publications were released by the Hon’ble Minister for Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation & Tourism during the celebration of World Habitat Day 2010.


5.   National Cooperative Housing Federation of India:


·                     NCHF has been engaged in facilitating flow of funds to its member Apex Federation from the funding institutions like LIC, NHB, HUDCO, Commercial and Cooperative Banks. These Federations have mobilised a sum of Rs. 10350 crore and disbursed loans of Rs. 10909 crore to their affiliated cooperative as well as individual members for the construction/ financing of 23.94 lakh housing units in various parts of the country. The cooperative sector was asked to contribute one lakh dwelling units each year under the Two Million Housing Programme of the Government of India. During the first twelve years of the programme the cooperatives have contributed about 10.27 lakh housing units 

6.       Central Government Employees Welfare Housing Organisation (CGEWHO)


·                     During this year Kolkata (Ph-II) to be built on 11.3 acres of land  and Mohali (Ph-II) Housing Scheme comprising of 656 DUs have been envisaged.

·                     ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ regarding Gurgaon (Ph-III) Housing Scheme has been signed between CGEWHO and M/s Capital Builders on 22nd September, 2010 regarding return of land to the contractor on payment of Rs. 47.55 crore.