‘It is a scam’ says SC on permanent shelter scheme

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday questioned why despite the huge sum spent under the National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM) for constructing permanent shelter homes in 790 urban cities in the country there was no new facility in some states, saying “it is scam”.

“It is a scam. Take for example Maharashtra. It received Rs 170 crore and the state has no new construction and it has not a single operational shelter home,” the social justice bench of justices Madan B Lokur and UU Lalit said.

“There is not a single operational shelter home in the state (Maharashtra). Where has the money gone,?” the bench said and asked the Union Ministry of Urban Development to file a fresh affidavit giving entire details about NULM project.

The court’s obervations came after perusing the affidavit filed by the Ministry on the progress made by various state governments under the NULM scheme.

The bench termed as “totally unacceptable” the non-filing of affidavit by the ministry in the apex court registry and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on it as the counsel handed the reply in the court.

The Centre has provided Rs 1,078 crore to states under the scheme which is meant to provide shelters to homeless people in urban centres of the country.

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