Gurgaon Progressive Forum's president to go on an indefinite hunger strike in Gurgaon
Raman Sharma, President of Gurgaon Progressive Forum is initiating an indefinite hunger strike, starting tomorrow to fight for Below Poverty Line (BPL) residents near Sector 47. Sharma, who has been involved with the civic problems of Gurgaon, has been trying for a long time to make the authorities adhere to the policies, which are in place for the BPL people. His basic demand from the authorities is to allot Ashiana Housing Flats for the poor, minority, BPL and EWS category people in Gurgaon.
Everyone has a right to the basic facilities and according to Sharma, these people are denied that right. In an absence of proper facilities, BPL people resort to living in jhuggies (slums) in unsanitary conditions, which leads to poor quality of life. With a hope to resolve the issue, today he met with the HUDA administrator.
Talking about his meeting with HUDA Administration, he said, “They are not ready to make identity cards for the BPL people and they have also lodged a complaint against me. Maybe tomorrow, there would be an FIR but I am not applying for bail. If they want, authorities can arrest me, as my message to everyone is that, this is what happens if one fights against the authorities.”
Sharma also informed that he has been working with the government for the past years on civic issues. The government faces problems with land encroachment and electrical theft but when Sharma probed into the matter, he realized that BPL people does this, as they don't have a place to live.
Thus, began his fight against the authorities for these people, so that they can find a place like Ashiana Housing to live in.
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