The Union government has set up an independent eight-member expert committee to review the draft guidelines of Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY), a housing scheme for slum dwellers and urban poor.

Chaired by Deepak Parekh, the committee will give its comments on the scheme. This was announced by the Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Tourism Kumari Selja here on Tuesday while speaking at the Parliamentary Consultative Committee attached to her Ministry.

The other members of the committee are: Nasir Munjee, S. Sridhar, Professor O.P. Mathur, Renana Jhabwala, Sheela Patel, Rohtas Goyal and Kumar Gera, all Members of Parliament.

According to the terms of reference, the committee will critically examine the draft of the scheme in order to make suggestions on the strategy, financial pattern and other features of the scheme, so as to make it a practical and implementable instrument of making the nation slum-free. The committee will submit its recommendations within one month from the date of its first meeting.

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