Mumbai: Slum-dwellers to organise SRA scheme awareness seminars

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:54 AM IST
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Mumbai: Come January 14, Jogeshwari chawl dwellers will be organising Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) Jana Jagruti Abhiyan in which residents will be briefed about various schemes, projects, and benefits to make them aware of their rights. These residents will hold five weekly seminars and invite prominent speakers who will educate them of their rights and responsibilities in regards to rehabilitation.

“Most of the times, because of lack of awareness, we are being fooled. We cannot keep our houses at stake so we decided to organise know-how seminars in various slum areas of Jogeshwari,” said Shivaji Khairnar, one of the volunteers.

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The main reason behind organising such seminars is to empower these slum dwellers. “We hardly hear seminars organised for people like us. And there are some sessions in big-time hotels where we cannot afford to go. It is us who need education about these matters,” said Mayur Chavan of Megha Wadi in Jogeshwari.  The topics will include what is SRA, the need for SRA, allotment process, Slum Act, etc. “You just have to book a seat and pay Rs. 30 to register for a session,” Khairnar added.

The government’s key policy intervention to facilitate slum redevelopment is a change in the land development regulations, but the info and schemes are neither easily accessible to slum dwellers nor do they understand the complex structure of it, feels residents. “The whole point is to simplify these things for us since, unfortunately, we were deprived of education,” said Updesh Panchal, another volunteer and resident of Jogeshwari.

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