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Odiaha promulgates 2 Ordinances to provide land rights to urban poor

Bhubaneswar, Aug 8, 2017: The Odisha Cabinet on Tuesday approved promulgation of two Ordinances for assigning land rights or property rights to the identified slum dwellers living in Municipal Councils and also to those living in Municipal Corporation areas for redevelopment, rehabilitation and up gradation of slums.

“Today's Cabinet is dedicated to all such people.  We have taken a historic decision today to grant land rights" to the slum dwellers living in Municipal Councils and rights to those living in Municipal Corporation areas,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik after chairing the Cabinet meeting.

As far as practicable, efforts will be made to provide these rights on an in situ basis, said the CM. However, the land will be not-transferable.

“The urban poor in slums will get land rights for residential use that are heritable, mortgageable and non-transferable,” added Patnaik.

“In corporation areas, limited transferable rights will be given. State Government  is  also  fast  tracking   civic infrastructure  and  improving  living  conditions  for  slum dwellers. Today's decision will be a landmark step in this regard- setting a benchmark for the entire country,” added Patnaik.

As per provision, while 600 sqft land will be provided to landless slum residents under NAC, 350 sqft will be provided to those living under municipality jurisdiction. 

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