Ajay Maken, Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation have said that his Ministry will frame “Slum Upgradation Index” city wise and state wise for monitoring periodically the up gradation of slums in the country. He said for this purpose a committee will be set-up to suggest the methodology for drafting this index. He added that his Ministry will not have any distinction between Notified, Recognized and Identified slums while providing financial assistance to the states under the Rajiv Awaas Yojana (RAY) scheme and the objective will be to bring improvements of slums.
He urged the state government to convert the notified local bodies into statutory local bodies with provision of municipalities for improving the living conditions in these towns. Complimenting the efforts of the census organization in bringing out such important facts, Maken said that this Slum Data will help in redrawing government programmes/schemes and fix priorities under various schemes of the Ministry.