The Kudumbashree Story



The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewable Mission (JNNURM) was launched as a massive city-modernization scheme by the Government of India. The mission has two components: Basic Services to the Urban Poor (BSUP) and Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme (IHSDP). Both components are aimed at improving the living conditions of the urban poor by providing shelter, basic services and other related civic amenities. For getting assistance under the programme, the Urbal Local Bodies have to prepare a Detailed Project Report and submit the report to Government of India. Kudumbashree is the state-level nodal agency for the programme in Kerala.

Basic Services to Urban Poor 

Basic Services to the Urban Poor (BSUP) is a sub-component of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). The main thrust of the scheme has been to promote integrated development of slums through projects for providing shelter, basic services and other civic amenities for the urban poor. In Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi corporations were identified for implementing BSUP. Four phases of projects worth Rs.208.01 crores and three projects worth Rs.135.66 crores were sanctioned for Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi Corporations, respectively. The total central share for sanctioned projects under BSUP is Rs.233.56 crores.

Integrated Housing and Slum Development Program 

This sub-mission works under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, aiming at combining the existing schemes of Valmiki Ambedkar Awas Yojana (VAMBAY) and National Slum Development Programme (NSDP). It’s main thrust is to ameliorate the conditions of the urban slum dwellers who do not possess adequate shelter and reside in dilapidated conditions. The basic objective is to strive for holistic slum development with a healthy and enabling urban environment by providing adequate shelter and basic infrastructure facilities to the slum dwellers of the identified urban areas.
The programme is mainly implemented in towns with population less than 20,000 as per the 1991 census. Minimum floor area of dwelling unit should not be less than 25 square meters and preferably two room accommodation plus kitchen and toilet should be constructed. The sharing of funds would be in the ratio of 80:20 between Central Government and State Government/UTs. The implementing agencies – State/UTs may raise their contribution from their own resources. Funds from MPLAD/MLALAD could be channelized towards project cost and to that extent state share could be suitably reduced.