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Settlement of land rights in favour of urban slum dwellers begins across Odisha

Bhubaneswar, March 13, 2018: Settlement of land rights in favour of slum dwellers begins across Odisha with the State Government signing a MoU with the Tata Trusts on Tuesday.

The MoU was signed between the Housing and Urban Development Department and Tata Trusts for field implementation of settlement of land rights in urban areas in presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

The first of its kind initiative in the country will grant land rights to slum dwellers in Municipal Corporations, Municipalities and Notified Area Councils (NACs).

Seven months ago, the State Government enacted The Odisha Land Rights to Slum Dwellers Act, 2017 for providing land and property rights to slum dwellers in small towns and cities

The CM congratulated Tata Trusts who will be providing technical support for this initiative and urged all District Collectors and officials to accord top priority to this work.

“There was a choice between continuing the practices of evictions and treating people as encroachers resulting in lakhs of families living in fear and insecurity or recognizing the immense contribution to the life of the city and providing them land rights,” said Patnaik.

Keeping people first, Patnaik said, “We choose the second option. A seemingly complication situation always has a simple solution. This has been done for the first time in the country and they say it is path breaking and historic.”

The CM directed Collectors and officials concerned to accord top priority to this work which will bring happiness on the face of the slum dwellers.

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