Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation of India and Prime Minister’s 15-Point Program

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By Alok Deshwal
Dy. Director (M&C), Press Information Bureau, New Delhi

New Delhi, May 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation is concerned with following two points of the Prime Minister’s 15-Point Programme for the Welfare of Minority Communities:

Point 7 (b)

The Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY) consists of two major components namely, the Urban Self-Employment Programme (USEP) and the Urban Wage Employment Programme (UWEP). A certain percentage of the physical and financial targets under USEP and UWEP will be earmarked to benefit people below the poverty line from the minority communities.

Point 12

Under the schemes of Integrated Housing & Slum Development Programme (IHSDP) and Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), the Central Government provides assistance to States/UTs for development of urban slums through provision of physical amenities and basic services. It would be ensured that the benefits of these programme flow equitably to members of the minority communities and to cities/slums, predominantly inhabited by minority communities.

However, under Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY), Physical and Financial targets have been assigned by the Ministry of Minority Affairs only under the USEP component of Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY) for Minorities. As under UWEP, no national Physical/financial targets have been fixed, no targets have been earmarked for the minority communities under UWEP.

Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY)

State/UT wise targets have been assigned for the minority communities under SJSRY for setting up of micro-enterprises and skill training. Since the year 2006-2007, 15% of the targets at National level were assigned for the minority communities. This National target was further distributed State/UT wise based on the number of BPL minority population, as made available by the Ministry of Minority Affairs. The 15% of the total Central financial allocation (for micro-enterprises and skill development component) was earmarked for the minority communities and this amount was further distributed State/UT wise based on the minority BPL population. Letter to all Chief Ministers were sent by the Minister for Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, intimating the targets on 30th September 2006.

Under the Revamped Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY), which is effective from 2009-2010, 15% of the physical and financial targets at the National level have been earmarked for the minority communities under the Urban Self-Employment Programme (USEP) and Skill Training for Employment Promotion amongst Urban Poor (STEP-UP) components. The USEP targets individual urban poor for assistance in setting up of micro-enterprises for self-employment whereas STEP-UP targets urban poor for imparting skill training to enable them eligible for self-employment or better salaried employment.

During 2009-2010, against the physical target of assisting 3188 minority urban poor in setting up individual/group enterprises, achievement was 12880 (404.02%). Similarly, against the target of imparting skill training to 25500 minority urban poor, achievement was 30616 (120.06%). In financial category, against the target of Rs. 2901.38 lakhs, expenditure for minority urban poor was Rs. 1832.05 lakhs (63.14%).

During the current year 2010-2011, as per the reports received from the States /UTs upto 31-12-2010, against the physical target of assisting 3750 minority urban poor in setting up individual enterprises (under USEP), achievement is 4300 (114.67%). Similarly, against the target of imparting skill training to 30000 minority urban poor (under STEP-UP), achievement is 9672 (32.24%). In financial category, against the target of Rs. 3699.78 lakhs, expenditure for minority urban poor is Rs. 582.98 lakhs (15.76%).

BSUP / IHSDP

Under the Basic Services to the Urban Poor (BSUP)/Integrated Housing & Slum Development Programme (IHSDP) components of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), 15% of the Central allocation is to be earmarked for the minority communities. States/UTs were requested through letter to all Chief Ministers from the Minister for Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation dated 30.9.2006, to give priority to the cities/slums, predominantly inhabited by minority communities (i.e. where minority population is 25% or more), while submitting Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) for the assistance under Basic Services to the Urban Poor (BSUP)/Integrated Housing & Slum Development Programme (IHSDP).

The Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation has issued appropriate instructions to States/UTs pertaining to Sub-Mission-II Basic Services to the Urban Poor (BSUP) and Integrated Housing & Slum Development Programme (IHSDP) – that priority be accorded to towns and cities having substantial concentration of minority population with regard to utilization of funds by ensuring that Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) of such towns and cities include areas inhabited by minority communities in order to effectively implement the New 15-Point Programme for Minorities. Further DO letters from Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation have also been sent to the Chief Ministers of all States/UTs on 30th September 2006 and 9th July 2007 in this regard.

As on 31-12-2010, under BSUP, out of the total 477 projects sanctioned for a cost of Rs. 26844.28 crore, 103 projects costing Rs. 5588.05 crore are for minority concentration towns indicating 20.82% flow of funds to minority concentration towns/ cities.

As on 31-12-2010, under IHSDP, out of the total 966 projects sanctioned for a cost of Rs. 9711.60 crore, 132 projects costing Rs. 1817.38 crore are for minority concentration towns indicating 18.71% flow of funds to minority concentration towns/cities.

(PIB Features)


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