ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Housing for the Rural Poor

Indira Hirway Although the first village housing scheme was introduced as early as the Second Five Year Plan, the government has never carried out a comprehensive survey to assess the nature and extent of the housing needs in rural areas, nor has it ever allocated adequate funds for rural housing. The government's approach to rural housing has been based on four considerations: (I) highly subsidised housing should be provided for the poor; (2) the poor should use their own labour to construct their houses; (3) low-cost houses should use local materials and local skills; and (4) the public, the co-operative and the household sectors should be involved in housing activity How effective has this approach been in solving the rural housing problem?

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