Rao & Risbud (2006); Verma (2001) argue that past and current Govt. of India policies for slum settlements primarily focused on “quick-fix” measures such as slum clearance, improvement or regularisation
More importantly, they it has historically failed to address “preventive” or even longer-term solutions to slum settlement proliferation, such as:
--Increasing legal housing supply for low-income groups
--Steering slum policy back to Urban Master Plans
--Vigilance against encroachment of public/private land
Risbud (2006, 210) states, “Improvement policies for existing slum squatter settlements have been implemented as softer, populist and cost effective political and administrative options without any long-term environmental consideration for empowering the poor. Each slum has become vote-bank and stronghold of a political party; and hence there is implicit tendency on the part of politicians to exaggerate the slum problem and resist sustainable improvement with secure tenure...”
How can the international community, including the Academia, Donors and Civil Society, put pressure on the Govt. of India to adopt more relevant, slum-specific and community-driven programmes that will gives these poor children hope for a better quality of life and future?