The Government has relented to the demands of the movement. After 9 days of fast by Medhatai Patkar and relay hunger strike by nearly 1,200 people today at the dharna site, and protests and demonstrations in different cities, and thousands of letters and faxes to the CM, the Government of Maharashtra agreed to constitute two new joint Committees with the representatives of the civil society.
At 10 am today, the Chief Secretary, Mr. Ratnakar Gaikwad is to bring the final notification to the people.
Earlier in a meeting with the Chief Secretary (on May 25) an agreement was reached. These, and one more term get notified today –
1) Accepting the proposal for 25 settlements and some more to be given in next few days to be declared as slums under the Maharashtra Slums Act, 1971 after due process, within three months.
2) A meeting chaired by the Chief Secretary to be convened along with NAPM members, Central Government officials and state officials on June 10, to consider implementing the Rajeev Gandhi Awas Yojana.
3) Activation of the existing High Powered Committee, chaired by Chief Secretary, to amend or suggest new slum policies to government of Maharashtra.
4) Two Committees to be constituted – one four-member Committee for Ganesh Krupa Society and another five-member Committee to look into 15 societies / bastis where 3K projects are to be implemented – in Golibar, Antop Hill, Ghatkopar West, Kurla, Andheri West, Bandra East and others.
ALL DEMOLITIONS TO BE HALTED UNTIL THEN.
Medhatai will break her fast today. We thank her and everyone who has supported this movement which reiterated that the Right to a Home is a basic right.
After the formalities are complete, we will repair our demolished homes so our elders and children can be sheltered from the monsoon rains!