All project-affected persons (PAPs), who haven’t been rehabilitated due to certain technicalities, may soon have something to cheer about.
In a move aimed to showcase the humane face of administration, people who could not be rehabilitated due to absence of documents may now be provided homes under the housing component of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
Under the present rehabilitation policy, many PAPs, in spite of living for years at a place, are deemed ineligible for rehabilitation, as their papers are not in place.
“A sizeable number of slum dwellers are declared ineligible since they do not have relevant documents in spite of staying at one place for years together. We have decided to formulate a proposal where those PAPs, who are technically disqualified, can get relief through a scheme,” said a senior official from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
The proposal sent to the state government envisages that each case be looked at based on humanitarian grounds and if the facts are straight then the person should be eligible for rehabilitation. The proposal has been designed on the principles of Basic Services for Urban Poor (BSUP), which is the housing component of the JNNURM.
Under this component, the urban poor only have to pay 10-12% of the total cost of the tenement and the rest is borne by the state as well as the central government.