Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of Parliament, on Tuesday passed the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill, 2021 to regularize the unauthorized colonies of Delhi. The bill is expected to benefit nearly 1.35 crore people. Passed by the upper house, the bill replaces the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020, promulgated by Mr. Ram Nath Kovind last year.
Ministers Reviews on Bill To Protect The Unauthorized Colonies Of Delhi :
The minister of State (Independent Charge) of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, in the Upper House meeting, said, “1.35 crore people of Delhi, those living in unauthorized colonies of Delhi, with the implementation of this bill will get their ownership right,”. He further added that the tenders had been floated for “Jahan Jhuggi Wahan Makaan.”
The bill passed by the Upper House of Parliament will protect the unauthorized colonies of Delhi from disciplinary actions where adequate measures are yet to be taken.
In his statement, Mr.Puri also mentioned that “the decision will not only improve the living condition of 1.35 crore people, but the Central Vista project will also make Delhi one of the finest cities in the world”.
DDA has already finalized the controlled norms, and JJ clusters in Kalkaji Extention and Kathputli colony are in their advanced stage of completion.
Participating in the debate during the Rajya Sabha meeting, Binay Viswam, leader of the Communist Party of India, conveyed his concern over the ordinance being adopted by the government, bypassing Parliament and taking away citizen’s rights.
Sanjay Singh, MP Aam Aadmi Party, expressed his concern for the 40 lakh people living in the slums. He told the government about the promise they made last year to give the people ownership rights; he demanded the government execute its commitment now.
Puri said, had there been a winter session of Parliament, the government would have brought a law back then. “If we had not enacted in the interim period, the process of sealing and demolition would have started, and I’m sure none of the members of the house would want Delhi to be put through such kind of chaos,” he further added.
As per Mr. Puri’s statement, about 50 lakh citizens of India are expected to benefit from Pradhan Mantri Unauthorised Colonies in Delhi Awas Adhikar Yojana (PM – UDAY). And nearly 10 lakh will benefit under the ‘Jaha Jhuggi Wahi Makan’ under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. He went ahead to highlight the progress made under these schemes; he said the PM-UDAY project was launched at the end of the year 2019, and despite losing one year due to the global pandemic, they received around 3,82,499 registrations. About 4,035 households have been issued the authorization and conveyance receipts.
During the debate, Bahujan Samaj Party MP Ramji asked the government to help the minority class living in the slums, especially Dalits, and provide them houses with basic amenities. He also requested the government to keep an eye out on the land mafias and ensure that they are not benefitted from implementing this bill.
The Union Cabinet in 2019 had planned to give ownership rights to nearly 40 lakh people who were living in unauthorized colonies of Delhi. Now, the government, in its landmark initiative, intends to address problems being like transfer rights, primary infrastructure facility, and lack of ownership faced by the people living in unauthorized colonies. The government also mentioned that people’s execution would help people get a legitimate claim to the property after the decision. It will motivate people to invest in safe structures and better living conditions.
Member of Parliament from various parties, including Congress Party, Samajwadi Party, Biju Janata Dal, Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party, Telangana Rashtra Samithi, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, leaders from Bhartiya Janta Party, and many more participated in the debate.