Habitat policy to be restructured soon

Kolkata, March 29 | Updated: Mar 30 2005, 05:30am hrs
The Centre has constituted a task force for suggesting amendments to the national housing & habitat policy. It will submit the report within three months, according to Union minister of state (independent charge) for urban employment & poverty alleviation, Kumari Selja.

The last amendment to the national housing & habitat policy took place in 1998. So the task force was appointed to identify the areas where further amendments are required. The aim of the government is to make the policy more people and industry-friendly, Ms Selja said. She was in Kolkata to inaugurate Pragati Social Infrastructure & Development Ltd, a joint venture between Housing & Urban Development Corp Ltd (Hudco) and Pragati Growth & Development Ltd.

The task force, headed by urban development & poverty alleviation secretary Chitra Chopra, has representatives from different states, industry, financial institutions and non-government organisations.

Ms Selja said that the Centres two million housing programme is slowly drying up due to lack of availability of state government guarantees and poor recovery by state housing authorities from the ultimate beneficiaries, mainly the economically weaker sections.