Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra recently directed all the senior officials to transform the urban slums into livable habitats.
While reviewing the progress of the grant of land rights to the slum dwellers in a meeting, Mahapatra asked to reconstruct the urban slums into livable habitats with the necessary road, electricity, and drinking water and society space facilities. He directed to implement the land rights to all the available houses under the Jaga Mission which was announced by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
G Mathivathnan, Urban Development Secretary stated that Odisha’s Jaga Mission is the world’s largest slum titling project and also a developed model by the United Nation. In 2018-19 the mission was awarded by HUDCO’s Best Practice Award.
Even Janagrha, an international civil society organization operating for development in urban living conditions has also bestowed Best State Award on Odisha for 2020.
As per the reports, the meeting which was held in presence of Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra reported that as per the Land Right to Slum Dwellers Act of 2017 the drone survey and socio-economic survey in 48 municipalities and 61 NACs have been conveyed. Around 1.65 lakh households (HHS) have been recognized and registered for grant of land rights where around 60000 HHs have already allotted to the Land Right certificate where the balance of about 1.5 Lakh HHs have been issued land entitlement letters.
The Revenue and Disaster Management department has been directed to facilitate differentiation and transformation. This decision was taken so that land rights against the landless HHs in slums can be allotted and settled.
Along with Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, Additional Chief Secretary Forest and Environment Dr. Mona Sharma, Principal Secretary Revenue and Disaster Management Bishnupada Sethi, Principal Secretary Law Sashikanta Mishra, Director Municipal Administration Sangramjit Nayak, Additional Secretary Revenue and Disaster Management Avaya Kumar Nayak, and senior officials were presented during the review meeting.
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