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Central grant for urban poor

Special Correspondent

JAIPUR: Jaipur city will get Rs. 22 lakhs every year for the next three financial years for raising the standard of life of the urban poor under an agreement signed by the State Government with the Union Ministry for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation here on Tuesday.

The agreement is aimed at reducing the number of slum colonies in the Pink City.

State Secretary (Local Self Government), Manjeet Singh, signed the agreement with the Union Housing Ministry's representative, Alkesh.

Mr. Singh said a special cell under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) would be constituted for implementing the programme with the objective of creating basic amenities for the urban poor.

Experts from the fields of finance, information technology, social welfare and livelihood will be appointed to the cell.

Mr. Singh said the State Government had already received Rs. 22 lakhs for 2007-08 under the agreement.

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