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Slum population in India: Extent and policy response

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  • Upinder Sawhney

    (Dept. of Economics, Panjab University, Chandigarh.)

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An increasing pace of urbanization and the absence of affordable housing has resulted in growth of slums in urban India. The Government of India (GOI) has been incorporating certain programmes to alleviate poverty , create employment opportunities and encourage planned urban development in its public policy , yet there has been a fast emergence of slums in the Indian cities due to a number of factors. The present paper aims to analyze certain demographic attributes of the slum population in India , the public policy response towards the same. It also reviews certain programmes designed by the government to control the growth of slums and the efforts to rehabilitate the slum-dwellers. It concludes that the policy of urban development must focus on slum clearance and rehabilitation of the poor and public-private partnership mode is a way out for integrated urban development. To create ‘inclusive cities’ in future there is an urgent need for improving the local government capacity to meet these challenges and ensure that the allocated funds reach the target population. There is a dire necessity for ‘good governance’ at all levels of the government. The ideal situation can be reached if institutional framework for appointing a regulator for urban development can be worked out.

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  • Upinder Sawhney, 2013. "Slum population in India: Extent and policy response," International Journal of Research in Business and Social Science, Society for the Study of Business & Finance, vol. 2(1), pages 47-56, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:rbs:ijbrss:v:2:y:2013:i:1:p:47-56
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    1. Tripathi, Sabyasachi, 2014. "Determinants of large city slum incidence in India: A cross-sectional study," MPRA Paper 57239, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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