Maken opposes eviction of slum dwellers, vendors

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 03, 2013 18:12 hrs

New Delhi, Jan 3 (IBNS) Union Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Ajay Maken has asked Delhi's Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Khanna to ensure that no jhuggi/slum cluster/hawker or vendor is removed without providing, in-situ rehabilitation.

Writing to the Lt Governor in the wake of several representations and complaints made by jhuggi dwellers of harassment by local/municipal authorities, Maken said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) controlled Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCDs) were blatantly violating the above mentioned overriding central law, which provided complete protection from ad-hoc and unplanned removal.

In his letter to Khanna, the Union Minister invoked Section 3 (3) of the Act which stipulates; "In case punitive action is required to be taken by any local authority, prior approval of the Administrator of the National Capital Territory of Delhi or the office authorised by him in this behalf, shall be obtained by the authority or the officer concerned".

He has asked the Lt Governor to direct concerned local authorities/officers not to take any arbitrary action against slum dwellers and street vendors without prior approval of the Lt Governor as per the above mentioned Section 3 (3) of the Act.

Maken said that despite the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCTD) Laws Special Provisions (Second Act, 2011), the National Policy on Urban Street Vendors, 2009 and the comprehensive Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) aimed at protection/provision of shelter and livelihoods of the urban poor including slum dwellers, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) had been receiving several complaints of harassment and eviction of slum dwellers from civic authorities, particularly from those in the North Delhi Municipal Corporation area.

In this regard, he informed that the ministry had also written to the Chief Secretary, Government Of National Capital Territory Of Delhi (GNCTD) to pass on suitable directions to the concerned municipal bodies.

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