In a first-of-its-kind decision in the state, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis(link is external)has decided to give ownership rights of the land to women along with the men when regularizing slum areas. The decision has been taken along with the policy decision to regularize slums on properties owned by Nagpur Improvement Trust(link is external) (NIT).
Fadnavis took the decision following suggestion from city MP and union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari. It is likely that the same decision will be taken in relation to regularization of slums situated across the state in the coming days.
The state’s urban development department issued a notification on August 24, amending the NIT Land Disposal Act 1983. As per the notification, around 52 slums that came up on NIT lands will be regularized. Around 70,000 citizens are likely to benefit from the decision. Most of these slums are situated in East, North and South Nagpur. All residents will get ownership rights (patte) from NIT after completing the necessary processes.
Expressing gratitude towards Fadnavis and Gadkari, East Nagpur MLA Krishna Khopde told TOI that it was a historic decision in the state, and will become a role model across the nation. “Government issues ownership rights to slum-dwellers for their upliftment and provides basic amenities on humanitarian grounds. It has come to fore that some men sell out the ownership rights without intimating their better halves. This leaves the poor families struggling to find a roof and basic amenities once again. This decision will ensure social security for women and children residing in slums,” he said.
“The name of the children will be added in case there is no woman in a family. Name of only the woman will be registered in case there is no man in the family,” Khopde said. He added that Gadkari had suggested this in the meeting held by the CM on January 30, 2015.
The slum-dwellers have more reason to cheer. NIT had proposed to recover 50% of ready reckoner charges for regularization of residential structures in slums and 100% of the ready reckoner value to regularize commercial structures. However, as per the notification, no charges will be recovered from slum-dwellers falling in SC, ST and OBC category. The same will be applicable for shanties with an area of 500 sq ft or less. Thus, almost all properties will fall in these two conditions. NIT can recover 100% ready reckoner value in case of commercial structure.
NIT has to prepare layout and regularize the shanties. Also, NIT has been directed to ensure reservations if any in the respective properties. The state government, NMC and NIT can execute development works in these slum areas.
Khopde also said the government has exempted controversial norm of forming a cooperative society and obtaining I-cards for regularization of slums, which will help around 70,000 citizens.
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