9 May 2012

Survey to Assess Urban Poverty

The Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja has said that with a view to have authentic identification of those below poverty line, Government of India has launched the combined Rural-Urban Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) in June, 2011 throughout the country.  The States/UTs have initiated the survey work with financial and technical support of Government of India.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Kumari Selja said, so far, the enumeration has been completed in the States/UTs of Tripura, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Nagaland, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Diu & Daman, Puducherry and Andaman & Nicobar Islands and the survey work is in progress in rest of the States/UTs except Uttar Pradesh. As reported, the enumeration in Uttar Pradesh will start in the month of June, 2012.

Kumari Selja said, under Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY) scheme meant to address issues of employment, skill training and community development of the urban poor, the funding for North-Eastern States including Sikkim is shared between the Central and the States in ratio of 90:10, considering the lack of financial resources with the States in the region. This Ministry is also implementing the schemes of 10% lump sum provision for the benefit of North-Eastern Region including Sikkim. Projects benefiting the urban poor and low income groups are provided support under the central pool. Community market, Slum re-development, multipurpose resource centres, community sanitation works, etc. are some of the areas which are covered under the scheme.
She said, statement showing progress of SJSRY and 10% NER Scheme in the North-Eastern Region including Sikkim in last three years is at Annexure-I to II respectively. No funds under SJSRY and 10% NER Scheme have been released so far during 2012-2013.

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