New Delhi: Aiming at sensitizing policy makers and planners towards the dynamics of poverty in cities, government today released a report here outlining the nature and extent of urban poverty in the country.
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“The Urban Poverty Report 2009 shall give an idea of the dynamics of urban poverty, its impact on the economy and the possible ways of redressal,” said Kumari Selja, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation while releasing the report.
A first of its kind report, it has been prepared with the support of UNDP and by eminent academicians and researchers under the supervision of JNU professor Amitabh Kundu.
Hitting out at the elite, Selja said: “The challenge is to provide basic services to the urban poor and slum dwellers without letting the elite capture all the benefits, or without a subversive protest against a sharing of the strained city infrastructure resources from those who presently own them.”
Referring to the global economic crisis, Selja said: “It is more important for us to concentrate on the urban poverty issue as it is different from rural poverty. Urban poverty reflects more in terms of the lack of access to basic amenities, social security and entitlements than a simplistic monetary deprivation.”
The report, however, noted that not all slums dwellers exist below the poverty line. They are suffering due to the poor city planning and urban land manage.