New Delhi: India has around seven crore slum dwellers in urban areas, said report prepared by Registrar General of India. Majority of slum households possess electricity, television sets and telephone facility.

Releasing a report on Thursday, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Ajay Maken hinted at taking concrete steps for giving a facelift to the slum dwellers. Union Minister of State for Home, RPN Singh and Registrar General, C Chandramouli were also present on the occasion.

The ministry will not have any distinction between notified, recognized and identified slums while providing financial assistance to the slum dwellers, added Maken.

As per the 2011 census, the country has 1.73 crore units of dwellings in slum areas. Around 71 percent of the slums are located in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

There are more than 25 percent households across India living in slums. Maken said that number of slum households in the country slashed by 6 percent in comparison to 2001 census. But a large section of population is still living in these areas, deprived of basic amenities, added the union minister.

(JPN/Bureau)

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