For 59-year old Prem Wati of Omkar Road, Narere having a proper and safe home is something she never thought possible some 40 years ago. After receiving her new home from the Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Hon. Ashneel Sudhakar today, an emotional Ms. Wati thanked the government and the community for their support.
Without a proper shelter Ms. Wati in 2017 received a 99 year lease but was unable to build a proper home because she was unemployed and was dependent on the community. “I am thankful to the community for always assisting me with everything from food and clothing especially when my husband passed away.”
“It was hard at times but with the support of the community I was able to construct a house which is a few metres from my old home.” Ms. Wati is being assisted under the Ministry of Social Welfare in which she receives $50.00 on a monthly basis which caters for food and other basic necessities.
Minister Sudhakar said the government had issued Wati a 99-year lease in 2017 under the government’s squatter regularization policy. “The Prime Minister had made an announcement that people who have been living in squatter settlements for a long period of time and have no other hope will be given a lot on the same property to occupy,” Minister Sudhakar said.
“Ms. Wati was supposed to move to her lot of land but due to financial difficulties, she could not build her new house. She is alone after her husband passed away many years ago. She has no resources or family to assist her.” Minister Sudhakar commended the community for their support towards Ms. Wati’s welfare.
Ms Wati’s house was constructed by the Sanatan Dharam Rewa branch and the Advisory Councilor Ratnesh Bhawan after seeking assistance from members of the public. The wooden and corrugated iron house was built in just two days with the assistance of neighbours.