Valmikis –Ambedkar Awas Yojna
Shelter is a basic human requirement, remember, an old adage roti, kapda aur makan. For a shelter less person, getting a house brings about a profound social change in status and welfare, endowing him with an identity and integrating him with his social milieu. The provisional estimates made from 2001 census indicate that while India is urbanising markedly, slums in urban India are increasing alarmingly. The slum population in urban India is estimated to be about 62 million.
“The target group under the VAMBAY are all slum dwellers in urban areas.”
The target groups under the VAMBAY are all slum dwellers in urban areas that are below the poverty line including members of Economically Weaker Section (EWS) who do not possess adequate shelter. Another very important and basic amenity for slum dwellers is the lack of rudimentary toilet facilities. This aspect has been integrated with VAMBAY that stresses on providing basic toilet facilities to the urban poor through Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan yet another of central govt scheme.
To give shape to this central govt. scheme in Jammu urban area, the JDA earmarked a beautiful patch of land near Jammu - Udhampur national highway bypass at Khanpur Nagrota. The JDA completed about 252 units of one-room tenements for the slum dwellers. The underprivileged people, who hitherto had only dreamt of living in pucca houses and had never heard anything about sanitation & hygiene, are today the proud owners of their hutments.
Keeping in view the social and gender aspects of the whole issue, the allotment of the dwelling units has been made in the name of the female member of the household. In few cases name of husband and wife, jointly.
The people living there are no more underprivileged today. They have their own roof over their heads.”
The residents belonging to different castes and religions live in complete harmony. Five percent of the total hutments have been allotted to the handicapped people.”
To cater to the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan, aspect of the programme, the JDA involved Sulabh International, NGO, a household name in the field of sanitation & hygiene and provided them with the patch of land on which two very-modern toilet blocks were constructed. The JDA negotiated with Sulabh International to fix a nominal charge of Rs. 15 per family per month with unlimited use. Elsewhere in India, Sulabh charges Rs. 2 per use of toilet. The happiness of the families living there needs to be seen to be believed.
To cater to the water requirements of the people, the JDA got two big hand pumps installed at the location. A transformer too has been installed there to provide them with the regular electricity supply. A small park and a children playground with basic infrastructure like swings, sea-saw, etc. have been completed for the children. Every effort has been made to make VAMBAY colony at Nagrota an amiable model colony amidst the beautiful hilly surroundings.
“Every effort has been made to make VAMBAY colony at Nagrota a model colony in every sense.”
The people living there are no more underprivileged. They have their own roofs over their heads. The residents belonging to different castes and religion live in complete harmony. It’s a matter of pride and happiness for JDA and the state govt. as they have been able to put smile on the faces ridden with abject poverty, hunger and ill health.