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Odisha to provide land, property rights to slum dwellers

Dharmendra Pradhan

Bhubaneswar: Setting a benchmark for the entire country, the State Government today decided to grant land rights to the slum dwellers living in Municipal Councils and Notified Area Councils (NAC) of the State and property rights to those living in Municipal Corporation areas.

This decision has been taken by the State Cabinet during a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik . During today’s meeting, the cabinet approved promulgation of two ordinances for assigning land rights and property rights to the identified slum dwellers for redevelopment, rehabilitation and up gradation of slums.

Describing the government’s decision as “historic”, Patnaik said the cabinet today approved promulgation of two ordinances- Odisha Land Rights to Slum Dwellers Ordinance, 2017 and Odisha Minicipal Corporation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, for assigning land rights and property rights to the identified slum dwellers for development, rehabilitation and upgradation of slums.

As per the decision, chief secretary AP Padhi said the beneficiaries in NACs will get 600 square feet land each while their counterparts in Municipalities to get 450 square feet land. However, the beneficiaries in municipal corporation areas to avail 300 sequare feet built up areas for residential purpose.

The urban poor in slum will get land rights for residential use that is heritable, mortgageable and non-transferrable. In corporate areas, limited transferrable rights will be given, Padhi said.

Padhi said an Urban Poor Welfare Fund will be constituted for targeted rehabilitation, redevelopment and upgradation of slums and provision of basic urban services.

He said a Slum Redevelopment and Rahabilitation Committee will also be constituted at Urban Local Body level by the state government by notification headed by the collector of the district, to grant certificate of land right to the eligible slum dwellers.

A certificate of land right will be issued jointly in the name of both the spouses in case of married persons and in the name of single head in case of a household headed by a single person.

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