Thursday, 10 May 2012

Government claims to make Delhi free from slum by 2014

If Delhi Government works at such slow pace Delhi will become slum free only after 46 years – Vijender Gupta 

BJP Delhi Pradesh President Shri Vijender Gupta has said that after its defeat in all the three Municipal Corporations, the Congress has started its preparations for the Assembly elections with misleading promises to the people which will never be fulfilled. Delhi Government has made promise that Delhi will become slum-free by the year 2014. This promise will never be fulfilled because the Government has no fool-proof scheme to make the city slum-free. 

According to voluntary organizations about 31 lakh people live in slum clusters of Delhi. Government says that only 4.18 lakh people live in slums. There are 14,000 flats available for allotment under Rajiv Ratan scheme whereas the Urban Development Ministry has received 2,77,518 lakh applications for the flats. The Government has planned to shift 500 families every month to about 14,000 houses constructed under Rajiv Ratan Awas Yojna. 

If one believes in the scheme of Delhi Government then 6000 families shall be getting flats every year. This way 2,77,518 applicants shall get flats in about 46 years whereas the Government claims that it will make Delhi slum free city by the year 2014. This is the ground reality when the Government has decided to allot flats under Rajiv Ratan Awas Yojna to the slum dwellers upto 2007. Now the question arises what will happen to the slum dwellers whose numbers have increased during 4.5 years after 2007? Has the Government any scheme to allot flats to these people? 

Shri Gupta told that the Government is eyeing the votes of 31 lakh slum dwellers of Delhi. It is making misleading announcements for allotting flats to all the slum dwellers. It may be mentioned that in the year 2008 Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had made public promises to the people of unauthorized colonies for regularizing their colonies and allotting cheap pucca flats to the residents of slum clusters in election meetings. She had also given advertisements in the papers at the cost of crores of public exchequer. Taking serious view of it the Lokayukta of Delhi had written to the President of India to caution the Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit against making such false promises. It seems that the Chief Minister has not taken it seriously and she has started making false promises in view of the forthcoming Assembly elections.

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