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‘Habitation and employment are part of Right to Life'

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Officials should provide facilities to migrant people, says Bharat Jan Andolan leader

Lending an ear:Former chairman of the National SC and ST Commission B.D. Sharma (second from left) interacting with a resident of Indira Nagar slum in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.
Lending an ear:Former chairman of the National SC and ST Commission B.D. Sharma (second from left) interacting with a resident of Indira Nagar slum in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.

Habitation and employment are part of the fundamental right, Right to Life, asserted chairperson of the Bharat Jan Andolan and former IAS officer and chairman of the National SC and ST Commission B.D. Sharma here on Tuesday.

Article 21 of the Constitution ensured a dignified life and Article 19 provided a right to secure livelihood in any part of the country, and acting against these provisions was against the Constitution, Mr. Sharma said at a meeting on habitation right, and responsibility of Dalit movement, organised by Dalita Vimukti (Uttarandhra) and wanted the slum dwellers, who were being evicted, to explain the same to Municipal Commissioner and the police officials.

“The Constitution invested with the officials the responsibility of providing all facilities to the people from rural areas who are forced to migrate to the urban areas in search of livelihood”, he said.

A faculty member of Department of Anthropology of Andhra University P.D. Satya Paul said the slum dwellers were facing attacks since the last few months and it was disturbing to see some persons under the garb of people's organisations becoming brokers to the official machinery and wanted the meeting to plan measures to counter this tendency. Another regrettable tendency, which was harmful to democracy also, was people except the victims were amused over a rape, physical attack or any other violence, he said. Dr. Ambedkar said development must reflect the people's aspirations but what we were seeing now was totally different, said Prof. Paul.

Convenor of Dalita Vimukti Surla Venkata Ramana presided. Convenor of National Alliance of People's Movements Ramakrishna Raju, convenor of Movement for People-Centred Development J.V. Ratnam, Chalasani Prasad of Virasam, State president of Praja Nastika Samajam Jeedi Sarayya, vice-president of POW M. Lakshmi and president of APCLC district unit T. Sreeramamurthy spoke.

Later Mr. Sarma visited the Indira Nagar slum, which the GVMC was trying to vacate, and assured the slum dwellers that there was no Act that would evict them from their habitation.

He assured them that their plight would be highlighted at national level.

He asked Mr. Ratnam to provide all details about the slum and the slum dwellers' struggle.

After Mr. Sharma asked the slum-dwellers to continue to associate themselves with the organisations supporting them, Mr. Ramakrishna Raju assured NAPM's support. Convenor of Struggle Committee Against Coastal Corridor P.V. Ramana helped Mr. Sharma in interacting with the slum-dwellers. Some of the slum-dwellers who can speak Hindi, directly interacted with him.


  • Slum-dwellers asked to explain the constitutional position to evicting officials

  • Assures Indira Nagar residents that their plight will be highlighted at the national level



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