In the 1970s, Chennai’s policies towards slums emphasized government recognition and in‐situ tenement construction, and de‐emphasized slum evictions, but over the years these practices have changed. Especially since 2005, with a large infusion of funds from the central government under the JNNURM, the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board has almost exclusively focused on building large-scale resettlement colonies on the outskirts of the city, which have enabled the eviction and relocation of thousands of slum families from the central city areas. The workshop hopes to create awareness about the historical laws governing slums in Chennai, the rights and entitlements of slum-dwellers under these laws, and the history of the implementation of these policies. The workshop will also discuss upcoming changes in central government policies that may have important implications for residents of slums. The workshop hopes to provide information that can help residents and slum–‐based membership organizations to formulate strategies to ensure that future central government investments in the city are beneficial for the city’s poor.
WHEN: Saturday, July 21, 2012, 10 am – 2 pm
VENUE: IFMR, 24, Kothari Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600 034
All are welcome. Lunch will be provided.
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