Berhampur: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik distributed land record certificates to at least 2,000 slum dwellers living in 8 notified area councils (NACs) of Ganjam district and one NAC of Puri district at Chhattrapur Stadium in Ganjam district today.
At a state-level land rights distribution ceremony, Naveen launched the ambitious slum-titling project to accord land rights to urban slum dwellers in the State and unveiled the Odisha Liveable Habitat Mission.
Speaking on the occasion Patnaik said that, “Today, Odisha has created a history and emerged as a model state for other states in according land rights to urban slum dwellers. Keeping in view the interests of poor slum dwellers, I have taken such a decision. This will empower the poor and help them lead a dignified life.”
The scheme will benefit as many as 10 lakh urban slum dwellers in the State, he also said.
Chairman of Tata Trusts, Ratan Tata who was also present on the occasion said, “ Odisha is undertaking a special initiative of giving entitlements to over one million slum dwellers, who live in uncertainty. I welcome such historic step of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his government for this very far reaching important scheme.”
Odisha Urban Development Minister Niranjan Pujari, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha, Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Surya Narayan Patro, Norman Foster Foundation President Lord Norman Foster, Managing Director of Omidyar Network India Advisors Roopa Kudva, Senior Consultant at Indian Institute for Human Settlement (IIHS) and other dignitaries were present.