New Delhi: Migration of people from rural
areas to towns and cities is one of the reasons why poverty
has increased in the country`s urban areas over the years,
Government told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
"Migration of people from rural areas to urban areas is
one of the factors in increase of numbers of urban poor,"
Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari
Quoting a report of Technical Group on Estimation of
Urban Housing Shortage, Selja said the projected housing
shortage by year 2012 will be 25.63 million.
"As on 2007, the estimated urban housing shortage in the
country was 24.71 million. Out of this, the estimated urban
housing shortage for the state of Uttar Pradesh was 2.38
million," she said.
"Out of the total housing shortage, more than 99 per cent
shortage is projected for the EWS and LIG categories of urban
households," the Minister said.
Selja said the Government has recently launched a new
scheme called Rajiv Awas Yojana for slum dwellers and the
urban poor. "This scheme aims at providing support to states
that are willing to provide property rights to slum dwellers,"
The Minister addede that the scheme is expected to cover
about 250 cities across the country by the end of the 12th
Five Year Plan in 2017.
Replying to another question, she also said there is
acute shortage of houses for people below poverty line (BPL)
in the country.