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Transform the urban slums to liveable habitats with basic road, electricity, drinking water :Suresh Chandra Mahapatra

Bhubaneswar:13/1/21:Transform the urban slums to liveable habitats with basic road, electricity, drinking water and community space facilities directed Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra while reviewing the progress of the grant of land rights to slum dwellers in a high level meeting held in Lokseba Bhawan conference hall today wherein Principal Secretary Housing and Urban Development G. Mathivathanan outlined the issues for discussion.

Reviewing the progress, Chief Secretary Mahapatra directed to provide land rights to all the eligible houses under Jaga Mission as announced by Chief Minister. Principal Secretary Mathivathanan appraised that Odisha’s Jaga Mission has been recognized as a Pioneering Model by the United Nations. It is the world’s largest slum titling project. The Mission has also got HUDCO’s  Best Practice Award for the year 2018-19. Janagrha, a leading international civil society organization working for improvement in urban living conditions has also conferred Best State Award on Odisha for the year, 2020.

The review showed that drone survey and socio-economic survey in 48 municipalities and 61 NACs have been conducted as per the Land Right to Slum Dwellers Act of 2017.  Around 1.65 lakh households (HHs) have been identified and listed for grant of land rights. Out of them, 60,000 HHs have already been given the Land Right Certificate. The balance of About 1.5 lakh HHs has been issued land entitlement letters.

Chief Secretary, Mahapatra directed the revenue and disaster management department to expedite the matters relating to demarcation and conversion, etc so that land rights against the landless HHs in slums can be settled. Further, he directed that provisions of the Forest Conservation Act should be adhered to while laying the minimum basic infrastructure in the forest category land within the urban areas.

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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