New Delhi: In the name of making the national capital a slum free city, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has played Dalit cards, announcing free housing for Scheduled Caste living in jhuggis under the Rajiv Ratna Yojana.

The Delhi government’s decision is seen as an important move in the backdrop of 2012 Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.

Under this scheme, 70, 000 houses will be built and according to the state government, 14, 000 are already built.

With this move Sheila, who is struggling to cover up the stern remarks of the Lokayukta regarding the Rajiv Ratna Yojana, is trying to gain sympathy of weaker sections of the society.

Meanwhile, the government has also decided to provide Rs 60, 000 which is supposed to be paid to the people living in jhuggis under the rehabilitation process.

It is worth mentioning that a BJP leader had complained to the Lokayukta about the scheme in sharp criticism.

The Chief Minister said that the Congress government was working towards the upliftment of Scheduled Castes and other weaker sections of the society.

“The Scheduled Castes will be shifted to new houses under rehabilitation programme and they will not have to give Rs 60, 000 for the relocation from jhuggis. However, weaker sections excluding SC will have to pay around Rs 3.34 lakh,” said Dikshit.

JPN/Bureau