REHABILITATING THE EVICTED: AN EMPIRICAL STUDY OF THE STATE OF REHABILITATION IN THE OUTSKIRTS OF KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL
Assistant Professor, Adamas University
Incidence of Displacement has been a common issue in the journey of development, and the people who are displaced have often been offered rehabilitation in the form of low-income housing. But those rehabilitations are rarely the coveted solutions to the everyday problems of the poor, neither are they the dream housing complex the poor are made to believe. Rehabilitations are often planned arbitrarily, without proper planning and programme, and the result of the lack of sincerity of the authorities in rehabilitation of the displaced people are paid for by the poor, displaced people. The rehabilitated people, in most cases, are given small spaces to live, notwithstanding the size of the families. This leads to an overcrowded household, sometimes a family of six people are clumped together in a one room flat. The rehabilitated also face the problem of income in the new place, where the Government moved the people, but barely thought of any economic amenities in the surrounding area. The problem of clean drinking water and sanitation has also been noteworthy problems in the rehabilitated places. If displacement could not be avoided, and the question of rehabilitation follows, it is imperative for the authorities to plan fruitful rehabilitation programmes so that the people are not further impoverished, but instead, be empowered.
Keywords: Displacement, Eviction, Migration and Resettlement, Rehabilitation
Journal Name :
EPRA International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research (IJMR)
Published on : 2021-09-10