House tracking index to be launched by Jan end: Vyas

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 16 2014, 20:11pm hrs
The Housing Start Up Index (HSUI), which will track the number of houses being constructed every year across the country, will be launched by the end of January, housing and urban poverty alleviation minister Girija Vyas said on Wednesday.

The index will indicate the health of the economy by tracking the number of houses being constructed. Housing and construction-related activities, with backward and forward linkages and nearly 254 ancillary industries, have huge multiplier effects on the economy.

The logo for HSUI, which the ministry is jointly developing with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) was unveiled on Wednesday by Vyas.

Vyas also unveiled a tool to monitor the progress of projects under the Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) called Integrated Urban Poverty Monitoring System.

The minister said that in several cities, the ministry has begun offering houses on rental under RAY.

Vyas also highlighted the Socio Economic Caste Census, which she said had been developed by her ministry as a first time initiative in the country.