Rajasthan to offer houses to urban poor

Rajasthan to offer houses to urban poor Jaipur: The Rajasthan cabinet Wednesday gave approval to various proposals, including related to execution of a housing scheme for urban poor and establishment of universities in the state.

The cabinet meeting was presided over by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

'Mukhyamantri Shahri BPL Awas Yojana' was announced in the State Budget 2012-13. The target has been fixed to benefit one lakh below poverty line families in urban areas.

"Under the scheme selected BPL families in urban areas will be provided subsidy of Rs.50,000 to construct houses. The financial provision of Rs.500 crore a year will be made through loan for the execution of the scheme," said a official spokesperson.

The cabinet also gave approval to rename Rajasthan University of Journalism and Mass Communication, Jaipur after the name of former chief minister of Rajasthan Haridev Joshi.

The cabinet also cleared establishment of many universities in state, including Brij University, Bhartpur, Matsya University, Alwar and Shekhawati University, Sikar among others.

"Land has already been marked for these universities and land allotment has been made for Shekhawati University, Sikar and Sardar Patel University, Jodhpur," said the spokesperson.

The cabinet also cleared a proposal to develop slum areas in the state.

IANS