Improved Access to Housing and Basic Services

IMPROVED ACCESS TO HOUSING AND BASIC SERVICES FOR THE URBAN POOR is FORD FOUNDATION supported program is an initiative for sensitization and awareness among Slum dwellers regarding Access to housing with facilitation of basic services, Social Security Schemes.

Awareness about schemes of government for Urban poor through Nukkad Natak, Nukkad Sabha, Workshop, Meeting, Distribution of IEC (Information, Education and Communication) material.

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SUPPORT SINCE:Since 2011

LOCATION:10 slums each of Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Hazaribag, Chaibasa till 2016 and extended to 100 slums in six cities including Bokaro.

MAJOR PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES:
●Capacity-building and networking of community-based organizations (CBOs) and supporting communities in accessing basic services through workshop, campaign.
●Mapping, documentation, and situation-analysis of intervention slums of five cities of Jharkhand.
●Campaign for tenuresecurity and policies of government at State level
●Facilitation of basic services under various social service schemes of government, including monitoring of implementation of schemes.
●Survey of slums with regard to their location, numbers, population and composition condition of slum communities, land ownership, legal status, provision of basic services, concerns and issues etc. Compilation and analysis of survey data, thereby Preparation and publication of status report of slums of five cities of Jharkhand namely Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Hazaribag, Chaibasa
●Social audits on basic services within communities
●Quarterly ‘Slum Watch’ Bulletin
●Tenure rights campaign – GharAdhikarYatra (FromJhopadito Mukhyalaya)and signature campaign
●Production and distribution of awareness materials like booklets, leaflets, posters, pamphlets, banners, badges, stickers and display materials
●State level convention on tenure rights and basic amenities
●Laws and policy compilation and policy analysis (state level urban development and housing policies in light of national policies).
●Compilation of court judgments on housing rights
●Participation of ASES and network partners in nationalinitiatives on pro-poor urban housing and development. Litigation on behalf of slum dwellers in case of violations.

CHANGE ENABLED:
*Khadgarha of Ranchi is an achievement of Joint basti committee and State level committee, where slum dwellers were rehabilitated and resettled before eviction. First time in the history of Jharkhand that Slum dwellers were rehabilitated and resettled before eviction. On 29th May 2013, the then Governor of Jharkhand Dr. Syed Ahmed did inauguration for renovation of Khadgarha Bus Stand of Ranchi and making it model Bus terminal. With this, slum dwellers residing in and around Khadgarha Bus Stand since more than 70 years got notices for demolition. They started receiving notices regularly for the same and finally in 2013 bulldozer arrived and tried to demolish squatters. With the support of SanyuktBastiSamiti, slum dwellers were able to raise voice for their rights. They did meeting in several phases, prepared memorandum, met urban minister of the state several times and created pressure. On 12th June 2015 they met urban development minister and on 20th June met Chief Minister at JantaDarbar and submitted letter demanding rehabilitation before eviction. They got positive response from Government and finally 142 families received allotment letter on 26-27th August 2015 under BSUP scheme and 15 more families were rehabilitated at Chiraundi of Ranchi under VAMBAY housing scheme as they were unable to pay stipulated amount under BSUP housing scheme.

*At Jamshedpur demolition started in 2011 at massive scale, where total 485 families were affected. Through intervention 48 families were rehabilitated in September 2014, and subsequently 6 families at Shyam Nagar, 13 at Pratima Nagar,38 at Baagebasti were rehabilitated during October 2014-September 2015.This has been possible due to PIL field by State representative of Joint basti Committee at High court (case No.WP PIL-6977/13).

*Madhu bazar of Chaibasa got notice for vacating the place, otherwise after stipulated date there will be demolition drive. Through collective initiative of Joint basti committee, residents met deputy commissioner and submitted memorandum for resettlement. DC assured that there would not be demolition drive until unless slum dwellers are resettled.

*At Dhanbad,Municipal Corporation recently asked people to submit application for holding tax. This is an initiative for tenure rights of people and this has happened with the rigorous follow up of Joint basti committee.

*Issues relating to basic amenities,labour card,ration card,adhar card,smart card (unorganized and construction labour), social security schemes and housing rights has been raised by community leaders. With the support of labour department, the committee was able to help 1500 unorganized labour in making smart card.Making of caste certificate was big challenge as same was required by educational institution. With the intervention of ASES, community was able to approach concerned officials regularly. It is with their support that making of caste certificate is an easier process in five cities. People are active in resolving issues relating to social security schemes.

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