Cong, BJP join hands on slum programme

The Hindustan times - july 26,1995

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Cong, BJP join hands on slum programme

  • Published by: The Hindustan Times, New Delhi,
  • Date: Wednesday July 26,1995

NEW DELHI, July 25 cutting across party lines, MLAs of both Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today inaugurated an ambitious rehabilitation scheme for slum dwellers in Nangla Machi- a stretch of barren land on the Ring Road adjacent to Pragati Maidan. One of its first kind in the Capital, the rehabilitation scheme for the 1,300 jhuggis was promulgated by the voluntary organization, Jan shakti, headed by DDA Commissioner K.J. Alphonse.

Inaugurating the scheme, which envisages a vocational study centre, primary school, dispensary, half-a- dozen lavatories and bathrooms, Congress MLA form Minto Road constituency Tajdar Babbar said: “Let the Nangla Machi example herald many more such schemes taken up by Jan Shakti. The slum dwellers have a right to live in a clean environment and it’s the duty of such NGOs and the Government to create awareness among the slum dwellers”.

The Jan Shakti scheme for Nangla Machi incorporates enhancing health, economic and social status of the slum dwellers particularly women and children, improving the earning capacity through participatory and sustainable development, generating awareness and promoting communal harmony. Nangla Machi is divided in three clusters of Sant Nagar, Kala Mata Basti and Devi Basti.

Speaking at the function, senior BJP MLA Mewa Ram Arya said the Khurana Government has a series of such effective slum rehabilitation programmes. “The ultimate objective is to bring human development within the reach of people and thus expand the range of people’s choices”.

Talking to newsmen, Jan Shakti chief K.J. Alphonse, IAS, said: “The issues which have been given the maximum thrust include sanction of electricity connection, improvement of drainages system, completion of toilets, provision of utility services like postal, telephone, ration shop, mobile super bazar, strengthening of health care services through preventive, promotive and curative steps and tree plantation and park development”. The scheme could be made operative after Jan Shakti volunteers had adopted the jhuggis and worked on it for the last one year. The DDA Slum Wing had largely provided the infrastructural and logistical back up.

Mr. Alphonse said a large number of social, educational, funding, industrial and governmental organizations have helped Jan Shakti to develop the Nangla Machi scheme. Agencies funding this scheme also include Central Social Welfare Board, MCD, Khadi and Village Industries Commission, CAPART, Action India, National Foundation of India, Population Foundation of India, OXFAM, CRY, UNICEF and NIPCED.