Towards Slum-Free Punjab

Context: Recently, The Cabinet gave approval to notify the rules of the Punjab Slum Dwellers (Proprietary Rights) Act 2020.

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  • Purpose is to give proprietary rights of land to slum dwellers.
  • The Local Government Department has already prepared ‘BASERA – Chief Minister’s Slum Development Programme’ in accordance with Section 17 of the Punjab Slum Dwellers (Proprietary Rights) Act 2020, which outlines the guiding framework for the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) to implement the Act.
  • Punjab has witnessed mushrooming of unauthorized slums on government land in recent decades as a result of influx of migrant population due to growth and development of the urban areas. This has presented the government with the challenge to provide basic amenities.

Source: The Indian Express

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