Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs Current Affairs

Government launches PAISA Portal under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Urban Livelihoods Mission

Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs launched ‘PAiSA’ – Portal for Affordable Credit and Interest Subvention Access during National Workshop on Municipal Finance and Urban Planning held in New Delhi.

PAISA Portal

It is centralised electronic platform for quicker processing of loans under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM). It aims to connect directly with beneficiaries and ensure there is greater efficiency in the delivery of services. It has been designed and developed by Allahabad Bank, the nodal bank under the scheme. All 35 States and Union Territories (UTs) & all scheduled commercial banks, Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) and Cooperative Banks are expected to be on board the PAiSA portal the year end.

Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM)

It is Centrally Sponsored Scheme implemented by Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation. Its objective is to uplift urban poor folks by enhancing sustainable livelihood opportunities through skill development.

Its intended beneficiaries are urban poor (street vendors, slum dwellers, homeless, rag pickers); unemployed and differently abled. It provides for employment through Skill Training and Placement through City Livelihood Centers to reduce poverty and vulnerability of the urban poor households.

It also provides social mobilization and institution development through formation of Self-Help Groups (SHG) for training members and hand holding, an initial support of 10, 000 is given for each group.

It also provides subsidy to urban poor i.e. interest subsidy of 5% – 7% for setting up individual micro-enterprises with loan of up to 2 lakhs and for group enterprises with loan limit of up to Rs.10 lakhs.

It fully funds cost of construction of shelters for urban homeless. It also provides for development of vendor markets and also promotion of skills for vendors through setting up infrastructure and special projects for rag picker and differently abled etc.

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#LooReview Campaign: Government and Google launch campaign to review public toilets

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has partnered with Google to launch Loo Review campaign on Google Map. The joint campaign has been launched under aegis of Swachh Bharat Mission – Urban (SBM–U). It will run throughout October and November 2018 in an effort to increase awareness and ease of locating public toilets across India.

Loo Review campaign

This campaign aims to encourage all local guides in India to rate and review public toilets on Google Maps. It is part of feature which allows all citizens to locate public toilets in their cities on Google Maps, Search and t Assistant and also provide feedback on same.  500 plus cities in India with more than 30,000 toilets with name of “SBM Toilet” are currently live on Google Maps.

The campaign will involve and engage Local Guides in India to rate and review public toilets on Google Maps. Besides, use hashtag #LooReview will chance give chance to users to be featured on Google Local Guides’ social channels. Local Guides are people who will share reviews, photos, and knowledge on Google Maps to help people explore the world.

Background

One of the objectives of the Swachh Bharat Mission – Urban (SBM – U) is to provide sanitation coverage through public toilet facilities across cities in India for achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF) status. With around 3400 cities across the country already have achieved ODF status and other cities gearing up towards same. This campaign will address need for ensuring ODF status is sustained through continuous usage and proper maintenance of public toilets.

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