Indian Railways "bulldoze" makeshift shanties in Ahmedabad as Modi decides to visit to city on Gandhi Jayanti

The Indian railway authorities on Saturday “bulldozed” about 50 make-shift shanties near the Sabarmati Railway Overbidge. Vipul Pandya, a civil rights activist, says that this was done “because on October 2, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to visit Ahmedabad for the Gandhi Jayant.”
Pointing out that these make-shift shanties belong to adivasi workers, who migrate to Ahmedabad in search of jobs in construction sites from the eastern tribal belt, Pandya said, earlier, a warning was issued by Railway authorities, Ahmedabad, which had warned these workers to vacate the site by September 15.
The letter, forwarded to CounterView, said, the area “belongs to the Indian Railways and the shanties put up there are unauthorized, hence these should be vacated, otherwise these removed to clear the land.”
Meanwhile, commenting on the development, Gujarat's well-known child rights activist Sukhdev Patel says, "There has been a criticism over the way a girl  was abused at the Rajpath Club swimming pool, in Ahmedabad, and rightly so."
"However", wonders Patel, "What about the future of the education of those children studying in municipal schools, whose shanties were razed to the ground? Will anyone think about them, too?"

Comments

ALSO READ...

Raghuram Rajan, others: Right to Education "unnecessary, disruptive" for low-cost private, government schools

States "violating" tribal rights in India's mining areas: mm&P delegates tell MPs, PMO, NCST

Dalit rights body to oppose 10% reservation to dominant castes in Supreme Court

Govt of India "bent on selling off" coast to corporates, "eliminate" fishing communities

Countries in Vibrant Gujarat summit should stage a boycott as minority rights "not respected" in state

Ahmedabad not open defecation free, visit slums near Gandhi Ashram to verify: Manav Garima

Delhiites force cancellation of public hearing for waste-to-energy plant in a densely-populated area

Poor AMC allocation: Basic amenities, gutter lines lacking, forcing slumdwellers to defecate in open, Ahmedabad authorities told

NBA's women activists "succeed" in putting an end to tree cutting spree in Narmada valley

Quash FIR against Dalit academic Anand Teltumbde: Petition to Modi