Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) has been formulated by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA) in pursuance of the Government's vision of a "Slum-free-India". This scheme aims at providing support to States that are willing to provide property rights to slum dwellers. The scheme follows the strategy of a 'whole city, 'whole slum' approach. In each slum, an integrated approach would be taken, with provision of infrastructure, basic civic and social amenities and decent housing. Further, the benefits of health, education, social security, construction workers' welfare and livelihood and public transport linkages for holistic slum redevelopment would be provided through convergence of schemes and dovetailing of budgetary provisions available under the programs in the respective sectors.
The preparatory phase of RAY has already commenced from March 2010 and the States are being assisted to draw up their Slum-free Plans of Action to proceed towards the goal of Slum-free Cities/States in a systematic and time bound manner. Detailed Guidelines under the Slum Free City Planning Scheme have been issued and the states are being provided technical and financial assistance to prepare Slum Free City Plans. This scheme comprises of all the preparatory activities such as slum survey, GIS Mapping of Slums and development of Slum free City and Slum-free State Plans with active involvement of experts having expertise in the areas of GIS, MIS, Planning etc. Under the Scheme, a sum of Rs. 60 Crores has been released to 20 States for preparing Slum-free City Plans.