To realise the vision of slum-free cities, the Centre has constituted a national core group on urban poverty to draft a holistic policy regarding livelihood, shelter and basic amenities.
The core group, set up by the Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Ministry, comprises eminent experts and resource persons working on various aspects of urban poverty.
Issues like land tenure and micro finance will also be addressed by the group headed by the Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, official sources said.
The core group will be parallel to a Task Force on urban poverty under the chairmanship of Secretary, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation.
The task force is making an in-depth systematic and comprehensive assessment and analysis of the issues relating to urban poverty before suggesting strategies and policies at the national level to alleviate urban poverty in the country.
The members of the task force comprise representatives from the Planning Commission, officials from State Governments and NGOs, among others.
The Ministry has already prepared a roadmap for city development under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), which seeks to create slum-free cities with a comprehensive participatory approach to housing, infrastructure development and focus on social audit.