GHAR BACHAO GHAR BANAO ANDOLAN
Press Release 5th March 2012
- Maximum number of poor/below poverty line are in Andheri in Mumbai.
- Dharavi has less poor than Andheri.
- Development of Mumbai leaving behind and ignoring its poor.
As per the Below Poverty Line (BPL) survey conducted by BMC, Andheri has the maximum number of BPL-poor people in Mumbai. According to the survey the number of BPL families in Andheri is more than one lakh which is even more than Mankhurd which has the lowest Human Developemnt Index (HDI) for Mumbai. The BPL no for Andheri is even more than the no of BPL families in Dharavi. G North ward under which Dharavi falls has only 30,000 BPL.
The BPL list were declared by the MCGM after a Public Interest Litigation (27 of 2011) was filed at Bombay High Court by Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan and slum activists Jammela Begum & Durgavati, BMC has now declared the result of the Below Poverty Line (BPL) survey carried out in the year 2005-06. According to the survey, around 4,94,000 families have been declared as BPL, meaning around 25 lakh people in Mumbai are below poverty line. For Mumbai the below poverty line has been defined as a daily income of Rs 20 per day per person. This means that in Mumbai there are around 25 lakh people who are not even able to earn Rs 20 every day and thus they live on as low as this an amount every day.
A high increase in the number of BPL families in Mumbai proves beyond doubt that the policies and the plans of the government is leading to further deterioration in the condition of the people. Rather than any improvement in the status of the poor, rather more and more families are being pushed in the poverty trap which is just a manifestation of the growing inequality for which the policies of the government are responsible. The growing threat on the lives, livelihoods and houses of the working class is directly leading to growing number of families that are poor.
A band-aid solution of poverty alleviation programmes and plans is not going to be of any use, until and unless the state and the civil society revisits and revises its development paradigm, which today is anti-people while favouring the corporate and the private developers.
Simpreet Singh Sumit Wajale Jameela Begum
|WARD||AREA||No of Families declared BPL||HDI Index|
|H East||Santa Cruz||20823||20|
|K East||Andheri East||79107||9|
|K West||Andheri West||38517||10|
|M East Ward||Mankhurd||65051||24|