Working for the cause of Urban Poverty is loaded with paradoxes. Very often one hears the State raising its concern over the rightful benefit and participation by the urban poor community in the schemes meant for them. Situation is never black or white but has hidden greys. There are cases where the community refuses to contribute a minimum amount which could have ensured their ownership to a resource, there are also cases where the poor has been allotted a house but instead of staying there, rent the same and move back into another illegal settlement. What is the missing link in this demand and supply chain and what makes a fruitful participation with rightful allocation and use of resources?
In a recent case at Vadodra (http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-07-30/vadodara/40894281_1_vadodara-municipal-corporation-vmc-housing-schemes) , beneficiaries have rented the houses allotted to them under JNNURM. Are the allotted houses not suitable; were the local dynamics of the community not considered, or the community just wants an extra income? It is essential to get these answers and bridge the gap or otherwise the fate would be like so many other government schemes where the resources just lie wasted. The city shall be lined with empty dwelling cages while the ground shall continue spurting new slums, if this situation is not looked into.