Members of civil society organizations, urban poor and worker collectives place their demands that reimagine cities and envision more inclusive and sustainable urban development, so that there is a place for all in these cities.
The Centre for Sustainable Employment at Bangalore’s Azim Premji University has drafted a policy paper, calling for the creation of a National Urban Employment Guarantee Programme for small and medium towns that would assure residents in these a legal right to employment.
In a rehabilitation and resettlement colony in Mumbai’s M-east ward, one of the most underdeveloped suburbs of the city, children have come together to form the Bal Adhikar Sangharsh Sangathan and take charge of tackling social and civic issues in the community.
Mumbai, they say, is a melting pot, a city of equal opportunities. But do identities of caste, gender, religion really get fused in the underbelly of the city? Or do they impact the lives of those who live there? A recent research project in a Goregaon slum throws some light on this.
Loss of daily wages, indefinite suspension of school sessions, unpaid salaries, delayed infrastructure projects — as Indo-Pak conflict and its spiralling effect in Kashmir dominate headlines, its impact on the common man is often ignored.
After Anil’s death while cleaning a sewer in Delhi, Rani has been struggling to make ends meet, while battling grief and barbs about not being his legally married wife. “On how many fronts can I fight?” she asks, and hopes the state will now bring in machines for cleaning drains.
A new report from policy think tank, Housing and Land Rights Network, has strongly criticised the Smart Cities Mission for neglecting the rights and concerns of the poor and marginalised. A look at what the report recommends for truly inclusive cities.
HLRN report lays out details of forced eviction in Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad and other Tier I cities in 2017; finds beautification, ‘slum-clearance’ and smart city projects to be the top cause, followed by infrastructure projects.
For aware and socially conscious citizens, who wish to right the wrongs they see around them everyday through legal intervention, the PIL is an important tool. Here’s a quick FAQ to help them along the way.