The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) got another feather in its cap by bagging the

MUMBAI: An expert committee of the Union housing and urban poverty alleviation ministry has pointed out in a report how some major states, including Maharashtra, have "grossly underestimated their slum population" by not using proper parameters.

The report, submitted to the ministry recently, said Maharashtra and the other states did not use a comprehensive definition for a squatter and some ca

Shoumojit Banerjee

This will speed up payment of wages under employment guarantee scheme

PATNA: In a major step to alleviate delays in wage payments under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday launched an

BHUBANESWAR: The National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) will be implemented in the state soon. This was decided at a highlevel meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here today. The NRLM aims at addressing poverty and alleviating rural poverty by 2015.

The scheme also targets to cover 50 percent of the rural households by self help groups (SHGs) during the next three years.

Mumbai: Apart from the malaria menace, you can also blame the rising burden of another disease, asthma, on the incessant construction activity in the city.

In fact, the Asthma and Bronchitis Association of Mumbai has dashed off a letter to the civic body and to the ministry of housing, urging them to formulate guidelines for contractors and engineers to control

The Union hous ing and urban poverty alleviation (HUPA) ministry has advised the states to prepare the state slum-free plan of action in two parts.

These plans, to be prepared in the context of Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY), would aim at not only getting an idea of the existing slums in a city but also in projecting figures of the likely demand in 20 years

Aarti Dhar

NEW DELHI: 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.

The government has decided to refer the draft guidelines of its ambitious Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY), a scheme to make India slum-free, to an independent panel. The eight-member expert panel, headed by HDFC Bank chairman Deepak Parekh, has been asked to give its recommendations within a month from its first meeting.

New Delhi: India is going to map its slums. And for Mumbai, where proliferating slums are a nightmare for civic planners, it should bring hope.