In an attempt to win over lakhs of people in resettlement colonies, the Congress government in Delhi has decided to give ownership certificates in a grand function at Yamuna Sports Complex on September 10.
The residents of 45 resettlement colonies, which were either developed by the DDA or the central government between 1960 and 1980 to accommodate families dislocated due to removal or demolition of slum clusters, had been demanding ownership rights of their houses for many years.
The central government in July had approved the grant of ownership against the payment of a nominal amount.
With Assembly elections less than three months away, the Delhi government has decided to cash in on the opportunity. Party vice-president Rahul Gandhi will distribute these certificates.
According to an estimate, there are more than five lakh families in these colonies.
Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit and urban development minister Arvinder Singh called a meeting of party MLAs to explain to them the function and asked them to make it a success.
Sources said Gandhi will give away the ownership papers to a few families and the government will later organise camps for residents to deposit relevant papers and the money to get ownership papers.
Sources said the Congress government would organise another function a few days later to give regularisation certificates to 895 unauthorised colonies that were regularised in the past few months.
The Congress leadership on Tuesday formed a Manifesto Implementation Committee for Delhi to review the implementation of promises made by the Congress party ahead of the 2008 assembly elections.
The five-member committee, headed by Union minister Jairam Ramesh, has another central government minister, Jitendra Singh, All India Congress Committee general secretary Shakeel Ahmed, Delhi Congress chief Jai Prakash Agarwal and chief minister Sheila Dikshit as its members.
While the promises that were kept will be highlighted by the party during its election campaign, the unfulfilled promises will be a part of the new manifesto.