Topics: Poverty, Indian National Congress, Homelessness Pages: 1 (365 words) Published: July 5, 2013
Jawahar Lal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) was launched in December 2005, by the central government with an estimated budget of 20$ Billion, to convert select cities into sustainable models, with focus on providing provisions to the urban poor. Now, after the proposed seven years mission are over, the Delhi government ends up instead being berated by the Delhi High court for having inadequate provisions for the homeless in January 2013. Today, there are more than one and a half lakh homeless people in Delhi. With temperatures touching almost close to zero and occasional rains and hail, night shelters are a must for these people to survive. But still Delhi has just around 150 night shelters, with a capacity of around 14,000, i.e. just 10% of the total number of homeless in the city. Still 40% of the beds remain unoccupied in these shelter homes each year. Surprised? Surprising it may seem, but there are bigger obstacles to their survival than the 2 degree windy nights. The framework at hand is not just a simple relation between abject cold and a bed and blanket to survive it, but it’s instead an intricate tale of survival, and these tales could be recorded only in first person, and so we seek to record these tales for our research paper. In this paper we will try to find out the reaction to different types of social structures vis a vis infrastructure, govt initiatives, accommodating. Then we will concentrate our study on what all they lack most when they live in society, whether it is land, money, rights, recognition or some other factor. Third point to contemplate for our study would be migrants and would try to answer “How anything here is better than where they came from?”, why cities attract them, is it that they provide lifestyle or survival is easy or they give them hope to achieve their aspirations So, for our paper we wish to interview people visit at least 3 shelter homes, visit Mother Ngo, Shakti Shalini NGO, visit the Delhi Urban...
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