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Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty AlleviationThe Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA) has empanelled IIHS as a National Resource Centre (NRC).  As an NRC, IIHS is one of a select set of institutions tasked to deliver capacity development workshops in the areas of Slum Free City Planning and GIS under the flagship programme of the Ministry – the Rajiv Awas Yojana. Our engagements as an NRC began with an workshop with the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board in Chennai in October, 2013.  Under this engagement a Workshop on RAY was conducted in Chennai on October 7th and 8th 2013.

Programmes

Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY)

Capacity Building Programme on RAY for TNSCB | 7 – 8 Oct, 2013

COURSE DESCRIPTION
Housing is a basic need that furthers human welfare and is a productive economic asset for households as well as cities. It is unique in enabling citizens to enjoy benefits of social and human development while actively engaging in the production of goods and services and contribute to the economy of their household, city and country. Yet provision of housing – particularly one that is secure and adequate – in urban areas is a major challenge facing policy-makers and urban practitioners today. According to the Technical Group on Urban Housing Shortage, of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA), Government of India [GoI], more than 18 million households in urban India live in congested, obsolete or non-serviceable houses. More than half a million of these households do not have a house at all. Predictably, the overwhelming majority [95%] of these households are from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and Lower Income Group (LIG) categories.

In this context, the Central Government had launched the Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY), with a focus on an integrated approach aimed at bringing within the formal system those who are forced to live in extra-formal spaces and in denial of right to services and amenities available to those with legal title to city spaces, and at correcting the deficiencies of the formal system of urban development and town planning that have failed to create conditions of inclusiveness and equity; so that, henceforth, new urban families, whether by way of migration or natural growth of population, have recourse to housing with municipal services, and are not forced to create encroachments and slums and live extralegal lives in conditions of deprivation of rights and amenities. The Rajiv Awas Yojana was conceived over 2 phases – planning and implementation. The planning phase is now over and the RAY is now a Centrally Sponsored Scheme for 2013 – 2022.

The Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore (IIHS) which is a National Resource Centre under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India for capacity building for the RAY conducted a two day workshop in Chennai for the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) on the 7th and 8th of October, 2013.

Objectives
The objective of the workshop was to introduce the new scheme guidelines of the implementation phase of the RAY. The revised guidelines consisted of funding pattern for cities based on their population and the cost per dwelling unit. The workshop also aimed at sensitizing the members of the slum clearance board about the importance of selecting between in-situ upgradation, redevelopment and relocation projects. Emphasis was laid on ensuring effective community participation as a critical component for project conceptualization and execution.

Profile of the Participants
A total of 59 participants attended the workshop over a period of 2 days. Most of the participants were Assistant Engineers, Planners, GIS Specialists and Community Development Officers from the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board. There were also some scholars from MIDS and private consultants from CRIT.

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Workshop on RAY | 23 – 24  Sept, 2013 | 22- 23  Nov, 2013

COURSE DESCRIPTION
Housing is a basic need that furthers human welfare and is a productive economic asset for households as well as cities. It is unique in enabling citizens to enjoy benefits of social and human development while actively engaging in the production of goods and services and contribute to the economy of their household, city and country. Yet provision of housing – particularly one that is secure and adequate – in urban areas is a major challenge facing policy-makers and urban practitioners today. The lack of housing is even more severe for the urban poor and slum dwellers living in cities. It is in this context that the Rajiv Awas Yojana aims to make slum free cities by providing adequate and secure housing to all slum dwellers in cities.

The Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore (IIHS) which is a National Resource Centre under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India for capacity building for the RAY conducted a two day workshop in Bangalore along with the State Institute for Urban Development, Mysore on the 23rd and 24th of September, 2013.

Objective of the Programme
The workshop on Rajiv Awas Yojana aimed to develop and enhance the planning and implementation capabilities of urban local bodies with respect to the planning, provision and management of RAY housing projects. It familiarised the participants with the salient features of the Rajiv Awas Yojana and exposed them to the broad range of actors and interventions from public agencies to developers and communities themselves that can be engaged within the framework of RAY. It equipped the participants with the tools and knowledge needed to create the framework for the conception, implementation and management of RAY projects. The practitioners were enabled to identify particular challenges in their towns and cities in implementing RAY schemes in order to directly address them. Processes of how to understand and engage with communities and other non-state actors at various stages of implementation was also touched upon.

Profile of the Participants
The workshop was conducted for officers of the Karnataka Slum Development Board, Departments of Finance, Housing and Urban Development, GoK, Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation, Karnataka State Remote Sensing and Applications Center, the Directorate of Municipal Administration, and Urban Local Bodies across Karnataka.

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY)

The MoUD has empanelled IIHS as a capacity building partner for this programme.