Monitoring Indicators for Rajiv Awas Yojana and Issues of Settlements on Railway Land: Searching for Solutions

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Two- Day Meeting on

Monitoring Indicators for Rajiv Awas Yojana
and
Issues of Settlements on Railway Land: Searching for Solutions

28-29 March 2014
India International Centre, New Delhi

Dear Friends,

In the month of November 2013, a collective of organizations met in Delhi to develop a checklist that
could enable local organizations in monitoring the implementation of Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) projects.
At that time it was decided to meet sometime again in the month of March 2014 to take stock of the
process of implementation of RAY in respective cities. With this objective in mind, a meeting of
organizations and individuals actively working on monitoring RAY projects will be held on 28 March
2014 in Delhi.

In most Indian cities, a large number of informal settlements are situated on lands owned by the Railways.
Till date none of the state governments or central government housing or urban poverty alleviation
schemes have been implemented in these settlements since the Railways has been objecting to it.
Furthermore, the Railways has been responsible for demolishing homes and evicting those living for
decades on Railway land, without any due process or rehabilitation. We therefore feel it is important to
discuss this issue and find solutions.

Rajiv Awas Yojana seemed to be an opportunity that could have resolved the issues faced by those
residing on Railway land since the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation has time and again
said that it will try to include settlements that are situated on lands of central government departments. But
the experience until now shows that no breakthrough has been made by the Ministry. This has resulted in a
situation in which there is no clarity with regard to the status of implementation of RAY in settlements
that are located on lands owned by departments of central government, especially the Railways. In the
year 2011, the Ministry of Railways launched an initiative called Sukhi Griha Scheme to provide shelter to
people near railway tracks but after that one has not heard of any further development. In the context of
the above it has been decided to devote a day to discussing issues of settlements on Railways land. This
meeting will be held on 29 March 2014.

It has also been proposed to have an interaction with the representatives of different political parties to
make them aware of the issues of RAY, housing rights, and evictions, and to know their party’s position
on the issues of urban poor and housing in the context of the upcoming general elections. A meeting with
political parties has been organised by the Forum of Informal Urban Poor Workers (FIUPW) in Delhi on
28 March 2014, and we have been invited to attend the same in the evening.

We hope that you will be able to ensure your participation on both days – 28 and 29 March.

Housing and Land Rights Network

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