Bhubaneswar: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik Monday launched the next stage of JAGA Mission – the slum upgradation and de-listing initiative.

This slum upgradation and de-listing initiative, aims to improve the living conditions of 18 Lakh slum dwellers by providing them with piped water supply, paved roads, storm water drains, street lights, sanitation, household electricity, community spaces and recreational areas. But more importantly, it encourages the participation of the slum dwellers themselves in the upgradation process.

The process shall start immediately in 1000 slums and then scaled up to cover each and every slum in the state within a period of 3 years to make the state slum free.

he Government of Odisha has always strived to safeguard the rights and improve the quality of life of the poor and the marginalised people in the State. Whether it is about protecting lives and livelihoods during natural disasters, working for the empowerment of women, protecting the interests of small farmers or securing the land rights of slum dwellers – we have always put the needs of the poor first; as we believe that the hard work and contribution of the poor are the source of the remarkable social and economic development of our state.

JAGA Mission that laid the foundations of a new humane and inclusive urban development model has received international acclaim as the largest slum titling and upgradation initiative in the world and been awarded the prestigious “World Habitat Award -2019”

” I am happy to dedicate 116 ‘PARICHAY’. – the multi purpose community centres in the slums and the upcoming more than 400 such facilities which would act as the social lifeline of the slum communities”, said the chief minister while adding,” I am also happy to commence the distribution of Land Entitlement Certificates to 1,05,000 families living in 1718 slums in 101 towns benefitting 4.5 lakh population.”