News - 3 January 2013

en - Our struggle in Patna

This is about our work in Patna concerning Right to Housing. Most of
the people who migrate to the cities live in a slum which is
mostly government land.In Patna alone there are 200 slums. In Bihar
according to the government records there are 1834 slums.......

 

News on-Rally for Right to Housing

Greetings from me. This is a little news of one of our struggle for
the migrants on Right to Housing in Patna,
This is about our work in Patna concerning Right to Housing. Most of
the people who migrate to the cities live in the slums which are
mostly government land .In Patna alone there are 200 slums. In Bihar
according to the government records there are 1834 slums in 28
districts.There are 923,041 people stayomg in these slums.59.3% people
belong to the Below Poverty line 49.6% belongs to SC/ST groups. Under
the New City development Scheme the Bihar govemnment got 709.98 Crore
rupees for making houses for the slum dwellers in 2005 to 2012. But
till now only 3% money has been used to make the houses in the slums.
The rest of the money is unused therefor we asking the government to
release money and make houses and basic facilities in the slum.Because
people in the slum live an inhuman life due lack of basic facitlities.

Now in Bihar the winder session of the Parliment is going on there for
inorder to pressurerise the govewrnmnet we took a rally in Patna City.There were
about 6000 thousand people mostly women from the affected slums.
The police refused us to have a peaceful rally then people became
very angry and they went ahead with out heeding the police.
We were three sisters Sr Dorothi Presentation Sister,Sr Rosiline SCN
and my self.
During the aggitation on 30th November I was arrested and kept in the
police station for 4 hours
later they arrested 9 women and 3 men. We were released with the help
of an MLA from Manner. This issue will take up during the winner
session and the government took responsibility to build the houses
where the government declared that as slum legaly. .
For me it was a new experience to be inside the police station.I got
oppertunity to witness to my vocation what is the meaning religious
life to the police officers and others in the police station. For the
first time I experience lack of freedom of an arrested person/jailed
person.
Our effort brought some relief to few slums. We are contiuing our
struggle for Right to housing.
 Thank you for the support and prayers.

Sr Veena Jacob
Assumption Sisters
Fairfield colony, DihaGhat
Patna 800011,Bihar