Influx of inter-state migrants
APROPOS of the report “Ludhiana leads in slum concentration
” (July 22), there is no way the influx of inter-state migrants into cities could be checked unless strict regulatory measures are adopted and the politicians are kept at bay. Some of the suggested measures to tackle the problem are:
(a) Regulate the entry of inter-state migrants strictly on the basis of job availability, as everyone seems to be running to Punjab in search of a goldmine. When the same is not found, they take to crime.
(b) An undertaking from the employer should be a pre-requisite for entry into the state.
© The right to vote should be in their respective states of domicile. This will check vote bank politics which is the main reason for mushrooming of slums. All Akali groups harped on this issue when not in power but they did nothing when they were in power.
(d) There should be no rehabilitation of slums by allotting alternative sites to the slum-dwellers. As far as possible, the employer should be responsible for providing accommodation to its employees.
(e) Several states have laws prohibiting non-domiciles to own property in their states, mainly to ward off Punjabis. Why can't Punjab have such a legislation to discourage the temptation of settling down for good?
(f) The existing migrant population should be screened and those not properly employed should be shown the door.
(g) Strict anti-encroachment security measures should be adopted to check the onset of slum/ unauthorised dwellings.
The second type of influx into cities i.e, people shifting from smaller urban centres/villages, could only be stopped by improving the infrastructure facilities so that all the facilities of large urban centres are available to them either at their doorsteps or are within easy reach.
Lt-Col BHAGWANT SINGH (retd), SAS Nagar http://www.tribuneindia.com/2003/20030808/mailbag.htm