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Urban homelessness in India: a policy review

Author Affiliations

  • 1B.A. Public Policy, FLAME University, Pune, India-411001, India

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 7, Issue (12), Pages 17-20, December,14 (2018)


Housing, as a fundamental right of all citizens, forms an integral part of urban planning in India. However, with rising capitalism, urban planning is highly influenced by neo-liberal macroeconomic policies, causing both spatial and social segregation. These policies have pushed up land values, pushing the poor to the peripheries for relocation. Moreover, the notion of ‘outsider’ associated with migrants often renders them homeless in urban spaces. Despite policies, urban homelessness is a grave problem even today. This is mainly because policies have failed to capture the scope of urban homelessness. In addition, the inclusion of private investors and contractors has worsened the situation. This secondary research has outlined various problems associated with urban homelessness, along with a review of the two most recent housing policies implemented in India.


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