Slum cause

Down to Earth - - LETTERS - L R SHARMA

"Whose flat is it any­way" (April 16-30, 2014) talks about the govern­ment's fail­ure to deal with the ever-ex­pand­ing jhuggi jhopdi clus­ters and the flawed cri­te­ria of flat al­lot­ment to slum dwellers in Delhi. Al­though these are valid points, the is­sue re­quires a more crit­i­cal ap­proach. Ev­ery year, thou­sands of people from vil­lages, mostly labour­ers, mi­grate to the city in search of job. In the ab­sence of ad­e­quate wages and property, many end up in slums. The govern­ment, while re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing ex­ist­ing slum dwellers in the city, should check the ex­o­dus of people from ru­ral ar­eas. For this, it needs to cre­ate more work op­por­tu­ni­ties in vil­lages. Ru­ral de­vel­op­ment should be such that the vil­lage youth do not feel the need to mi­grate to the city for liveli­hood.

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