Mumbai: The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, has expressed concerns over the living conditions of slum dwellers in Mumbai. Acting on a complaint in this regard, the Commission has issued notices to Government of Maharashtra and Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to seek their responses in the matter.

Government of Maharashtra in its response, through its Chief Secretary has said that several efforts have been made and schemes formulated to provide dwelling units to the slum dwellers for Economically Weaker Sections with the State and Central assistance under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojna, Urban. Shortage of funds has been cited as a constraint.

The Centre on its part responded that out of 2.24 lakh houses in Maharashtra, 2 lakh were sanctioned for Mumbai alone, out of which 58,225 have been grounded. The Commission has also sought a comprehensive report on this matter from the Secretary, Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry within a four weeks time.  Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry, vide its communication dated 3rd December, 2021, submitted that the land and colonization are State subjects.  The Centre is augmenting the efforts of the State to meet the housing needs of economically weaker sections in urban areas through Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojna, Urban.

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