Odisha’s Jaga Mission Secures World Habitat Award

On Monday, Odisha was awarded the World Habitat Award for its revolutionary Jaga Mission that provides land rights to slum dwellers. This award is given by UK-based World Habitat, in partnership with United Nations every year, to appreciate innovative initiatives from across the world.

It’s for the first time that a state government from India has been recognized with this global award which is generally awarded to activists, NGOs, and public trusts.

“This project is not only establishing land rights for residents and improved living conditions, but it is also taking place on an astonishing scale. The project covers a million people living in more than one thousand slums in the state of Odisha,” said David Ireland Chief of World Habitat.

The judging panel specifically appreciated the speed with the project has been taken up and backed by legislation.

Ratan Tata, whose Tata Trusts is a technical partner, said “Its an earthshaking initiative for providing entitlement to a million slum dwellers”.

World’s top architect Norman Foster, whose foundation is lending its hand in Gopalpur and Puri, admitted that this is a dream project which he is proud to be associated with.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the architect of this revolutionary idea, dedicated this prestigious global recognition to the people of Odisha.