BJP Mumbai unit has started a drive to connect with slum dwellers. The party has organised a series of rallies under ‘Garib Rath Yatra’ starting from February 11. The drive was announced by BJP Mumbai President Ashish Shelar. Party workers will be visiting slum dwellers to promote initiatives of the government and the aim is to reach out to 25,000 people directly through the drive. The rally that started on Sunday will end on Thursday. The five-day rally will see six sets of 12 rallies that are aimed at targetting all 227 electoral wards in the city. The prime focus is on promoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Housing for All’ scheme, according to Hindustan Times. To provide relief to the slum dwellers, the state government in its last winter session had announced that those living in the slum dwellings that have come up between 2000 and 2011 will be given permanent homes.
However, they will have to pay for the construction cost in order to get possession of their new house. The rally is organised to make the people aware of the scheme. There will be 12 major rallies in Mumbai addressed by Shelar and the first rally will take place at Kala Chowki. Other areas include Vakola, Kurla, Antop Hill, Mankhurd, Vikhroli and Marol. There will also be a huge rally will be held on February 16 in Bhandup.
Shelar, during the drive to Kala Chowki, spoke about the initiatives of the Devendra Fadnavis-led government. Shelar said that Fadnavis’ initiative will help slum dwellers as they will have a permanent roof over their heads. Shelar also informed that BJP party workers will gather data of slum dwellings that can be regularised through its slum societies. He requested the citizens to not trust any agents with details and said the party will distribute pamphlets informing about the process and distribute forms. Speaking on providing proofs, Shelar asserted that citizens will have to attach a photocopy of their documents with the forms and then submit the same.