Shared by Deepika Pandey, PRIA
Every year, First Monday of October is celebrated as “World’s Habitat Day” across worldwide. In this auspicious occasion National Forum for Housing right has launched a country wide campaign to advocate “Housing for all” for this press conferences has been organized in major cities like Mumbai, Patna, Lucknow, Indore Vishakhapatnam, Bhopal, and Allahabad simultaneously and in Raipur a meeting was organized by CART organization. In this meeting all the non-government organizations working on urban issues in Raipur such as CART, Chetna Child & Women Welfare Society, Society for Participatory research in Asia (PRIA), TCI, Action Aid, Chhattisgarh Bal Shramik Sangathan and community representatives of few slums of the city were participated. In this meeting fruitful discussion was done about the housing rights and related schemes. The community leaders have shared their issues. In the half Day discussion the key resolutions were:
- Any rehabilitation schemes for the upliftment of the urban poor shall initiate with the change in name itself i.e the words like “Jhuggi Basti/ Mlin Basti/Gandi Basti” shall be restricted by a law. Instead of this their habitation should be recalled as “Mehnatkash Logon Ki Basti”
- In every policy related to the rehabilitation or upgradation of the urban poor, community participation must be the prominent factor and it should be ensured at every stage of implementation.
- There is an imminent need for urban Poor Rehabilitation Policy in the State of Chhattisgarh which will ensure dignified habitation of the urban poor to strengthen the Welfare State Governance.
- The housing provided to the urban poor should be provided by keeping in mind their livelihood. Multistoried buildings cannot be an option. Instead another workable solution should be resolved.
In the tune of the same a memorandum has been submitted to the Hon’ble Governor of the state of Chhattisgarh regarding the aforesaid discussion. Click on the link below to read the memorandum