The government of Odisha has decided to provide lands to those dwelling in the slums in municipalities and Notified Area Councils (NACs) of the state. A decision in this regard was taken at the state Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, on Tuesday.
Slum dwellers living in municipal councils and NACs will be given land rights, while those living in the municipal corporation areas will be given property rights, according to the announcement.
“We have taken a historic decision today to grant land rights to the slum dwellers living in municipal councils and NACs of the state and property rights to those living in municipal corporation areas,” Patnaik said after the meeting. The cabinet has cleared a proposal to provide 600 sq ft land to landless slum residents in NACs and 350 sq ft land to those in municipality areas.
“The cabinet today approved promulgation of two ordinances for assigning land rights and property rights to the identified slum dwellers for development, rehabilitation and up-gradation of slums,” the CM said.
“The urban poor in the slum will get land rights for residential use that are heritable, mortgageable and non-transferrable. In corporate areas, limited transferable rights will be given,” he added.