ALL INDIA COORDINATION OF SLUM DWELLERS AND HOUSING RIGHTS MOVEMENTS

05 September 2016
THE meeting of All India Coordination of Slum Dwellers and Housing Rights Movement was held at Bangalore on 6–7 August 2016. Slum Dwellers and Housing Right organisations like Basti Surakshya Mancha of Odisha, Koligeri Nivasikalu Sangham of Karnataka, Parpidaavakaasa Samara Samithi of Kerala, Jhopadpatti Bachao Andolan of Maharastra, Housing Right Committee of West Bengal participated. Basti Surakshya Mancha, Shakur Basti, Delhi-NCR sent a report. The leaders of these organisations discussed thoroughly about the problems confronted by the fast increasing number of slum dwellers and of the danger of Smart City. It discussed the Bhubaneswar Declaration and suggested some more demands to be added. It decided to translate the final declaration into all Indian languages and to hold discussions with all the Slum Dwellers organisations and activists active in various states. National Hawkers Union leader Comrade Shaktiman Ghosh of Kolkota also participated and expressed solidarity to the all India coordination efforts of urban poor movements.

In 2011 the first attempt was made to coordinate the slum dwellers movement at all India level in a meeting held at Bhubaneswar which adopted a Charter of demands. In 2015 the 2nd coordination meeting was helded at Bhubaneswar and the Declaration was adopted. Keeping this Bhubaneswar Declaration as a basic understanding, it was decided to coordinate the urban poor for their livelihood and housing right at all India level. Presently organisations from 6 states are part of this coordination, from many other states like Tamilnadu, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, UP, Jharkhand, MP etc. activists have come forward to expand their activities.

The meeting decided to observe 15th August as All India Protest Day raising demands if the Bhubaneswar Declaration. The meeting decided to strengthen the activities in all states in the coming days and to maintain living contact. It is reported that Constituent organisations observed 15th August as All Inida Demand Day with the slogans: Even after 70 years of Independence, crores of Indians are deprived Food, Employment and Shelter; Ban Slum Demolition/Eviction; Scrap Smart City projects. Guarantee Employment/Livelihood; Ensure Housing Rights Close to their work place. 
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