New Delhi: Various state governments’ still remain insensitive to the proposed ‘Right to residence’ bill for the slum dwellers.

Apart from Delhi, many other state governments are yet to send their opinions on the proposed bill to the Central government.

Their negligence on the sensitive issue was highlighted during a workshop on urban poverty which was organized at Okhla under the aegis of Caritas India which highlighted the fact that the state governments are not interested in allotting land to poor people. This is why work on the government’s Slum Rehabilitation (SRA) schemes could never be started.

Chief Secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA) Aruna Sundararajan who was present on the occasion said, “In a bid to make urban areas slum free the Centre has prepared a draft on ‘Property Rights to Slum Developers act 2011’.

All state governments were asked for their opinion on the issue but till date we haven’t received their response. She further said,” Every homeless person should be allotted a house even if it is not a pucca house, she further added.

Sundararajan admitted the fact that the approach of the state governments is not positive in this regard.