"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.