Govt is­sues GR for ex­tend­ing slum reg­u­lar­iza­tion cut-off date to Jan 2000

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Fi­nally, the Congress-led Demo­cratic Front gov­ern­ment ful­filled their prom­ise to ex­tend the slum reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion cut-off date from 1st Jan­uary, 1995 to 1st Jan­uary, 2000, on 23rd July, Tues­day, Ma­ha­rash­tra state gov­ern­ment is­sued a gov­ern­ment res­o­lu­tion (GR) re­gard­ing the ex­ten­sion of the cut-off date. The prom­ise was first made by the Congress in its 2004 elec­tion man­i­festo and re­it­er­ated in 2009.

It is ex­pected that the de­ci­sion will be ben­e­fi­cial for around 3.5 lakh slum dwellers. The slum dwellers will be el­i­gi­ble for the reg­u­lar­iza­tion on the ba­sis of the photo iden­tity proof is­sue by Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion in the year 2001.

The gov­ern­ment has in­tro- duced trans­fer pro­ces­sor for those who have pur­chased the pre- 2000 built hut will have to ap­ply for a trans­fer. For the trans­fer the slum dweller should be stay­ing there for atleast one year and will have to sub­mit two doc­u­ments of stay­ing there and also will need to pay Rs. 40, 000 if res­i­den­tial slum and Rs. 60, 000 if com­mer­cial slum, for ob­tain­ing oc­cu­pa­tion cer­tifi­cate.

Af­ter the reg­u­lar­iza­tion the slums built till 2000 will be el­i­gi­ble to re­de­velop their area un­der the ex­ist­ing Slum Re­de­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (SRA) Scheme. Ex­perts say the move will ben­e­fit the Congress Party in the up­com­ing state assem­bly elec­tions. It will change peo­ple’s per­cep­tions for the party.

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