1,300 allottees identified for first round of slum rehabilitation

The Delhi Cabinet has approved certain amendments in guidelines for allotment of flats constructed under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme for eligible slum dwellers in Delhi to facilitate grant of ownership rights to the allottees. Besides, bio-metrics and unique identity (UID) mechanism are being used to help in the process of allotment and about 1,300 allottees have been identified for the first round.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said following the meeting that her Government has been trying to enhance the number of eligible jhuggi jhonpri (JJ) dwellers for allotment of flats under the Rajiv Ratna Awas Yojna and to this end frequent amendments in guidelines for allotment have been effected.

In order to accelerate the implementation of the scheme for relocation and rehabilitation of slum dwellers, the cut off eligibility date has already been changed from 2002 to 2007, she noted. Further, Ms. Dikshit said it has been decided that the Department of SC/ST/Minorities would be authorised to release the beneficiary contribution in respect of eligible Scheduled Castes allottees so that they may be able to get the flats free of cost.

The Chief Minister said the Cabinet has also decided that all eligible JJ dwellers would be offered allotment of flats on lease hold basis for a period of 15 years which can be converted into free hold. This decision has been taken by the Cabinet to put an end to the existing practice of resale which deprives the real beneficiaries of their ownership rights.

Besides, Ms. Dikshit said the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) has prioritised a number of JJ clusters for allotment of flats to the eligible beneficiaries. “Around 1,300 JJ dwellers have been found to be eligible and the process of identification is in full swing. The DUSIB has been tying up with banks for providing loans to the beneficiaries. The eligible beneficiaries will be identified through a bio-metrics/UID mechanism at the time of allotment and once in a year thereafter. This will help in allotment to actual beneficiaries,” she declared.

Cabinet for offering flats on lease hold basis for 15 years which can be converted into free hold

Bid to end practice of resale of flats which deprives real beneficiaries of ownership rights