Change entitles all slum dwellers to rehabilitation

Despite opposition from the State Law Department, the government on Wednesday passed an amendment to the Maharashtra Slum Areas Act, 1971, which entitles all slum residents to rehabilitation under the Slum Redevelopment Policy.

The State Law Department, headed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, had said that the amendment would protect all slum-dwellers, irrespective of the cut-off date, which was inconsistent with the existing provisions.

The statement of objects and reasons of the Bill said that non-protected occupiers are evicted from the Slum Rehabilitation Area without any rehabilitation arrangement.