|Blog||Posted By: hindtodaynews on:10/5/2013 8:31:55 PM|
Minister Naveen Pattnaik laid the foundation stone of RAY houses at
Mahishi Khal and Patharbandha slum today; it was indeed a welcoming
step. “We are hopeful that we shall get houses of our own, which will
allow us to grow up in safer environment” said 11 year old Prakash Swain
from Humara Bachpan child clubs have been advocating for a safer living
space for themselves and government’s efforts in providing them with a
house will better their current situation. “It’s not the housing issue,
we don’t have access to water facilities, and electricity which hampers
our growth “opined Prakash. In Mahisikhal, the electric sub-station is
very close to the slum due to which children are prone to accidents.
“The CM visited these slums for the first time so, children have become
hopeful, that now things will get better. But, under the current RAY
scheme houses provided are of only 350 sq feet which wouldn’t be
suitable for a family of four or five member especially where children
are there” said Sadashiv Swain, CCWD who has been working in 30 slums of
Bhubaneswar since 1994.
Patharbandha slum where major issues are lack of sanitation facilities;
unsafe and poor housing, 11 year old Pujashree Behera, stated “We don’t
have toilets, and we can only go out after its dark, open defecation is
predominant in our slums. But, the CM said things would be better that
makes me happy and hopeful.”
are 7.6 million children in India who don’t have access to basic
facilities such as proper and well ventilated housing, sanitation
facilities access to clean water, and adequate space for recreation
making them susceptible to several diseases and impairing their
development. Humara Bachpan is trying to facilitate a safe and healthy
environment for children growing up in urban poverty in India. CM’s
visit was itself commendable and brings a ray of hope for the children.
But we have to see to it that whatever government initiatives under RAY
and JnNURM are taken should be in the right direction and should benefit
the children and the community altogether” said Preeti Prada, National
Campaign Coordinator, Humara Bachpan.
census states, 39% of the households in slums in Odisha have a one-room
dwelling and 34% have two rooms. While an overwhelming 49.6% of the
households do not have any bathing facility, about 1.7 lakhs households
(48.33%) or 8.5 lakhs people defecate in the open. 53.9% of the
households do not have any drainage connectivity for waste water.
State’s sanitation strategy aims to reach its mandate within 2012-2018.
The allocation made for this purpose was Rs. 18.77 Cr (1.33 percent)
during 2012-13 which was reduced to only Rs. 50 lakhs for the year
2013-14 (0.02 percent). But, with the current budget allocation things
appear a distant dream.
Humara Bachpan Campaign
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