RERA’s administration under Urban Affairs Ministry’s domain

The matters related to the administration of the RERA, for regulation of the real estate sector and to protect the interest of consumers, will be dealt by the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry, an official order said

The work of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, which mandates the establishment of the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), will be looked after by the Urban Affairs Ministry, an order issued by the Cabinet Secretariat said. The central government has amended the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules 1961, in this regard.

The RERA is for regulation and promotion of the real estate sector and to ensure sale of plots, apartments or buildings, in an efficient and transparent manner and to protect the interest of consumers in the real estate sector. The law also has provisions for the establishment of an adjudicating mechanism for speedy dispute redressal, related to the real estate sector.

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The administration of the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014, will also be done by the same ministry. The Act is to protect the rights of urban street vendors and to regulate street vending activities.

In another order, the development, operation and maintenance of the National Public Procurement Portal Government e-Marketplace has been brought under the commerce ministry. The government had, in 2016, launched an e-market platform for public procurement of goods and services. The online platform followed the centre’s decision to close the Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D), the procurement arm of the centre.


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