Disabled since 2017A deputy sets a date for approving the slums law in parliament and reveals "justifications for its legislation"[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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Today, Sunday (September 3, 2023), Representative Mudar Al-Karawi confirmed that the slums law will be approved during the current year, indicating that there are justifications for its legislation, the most prominent of which is the protection of more than a million people.
Al-Karawi told "Baghdad Today" that "government reports on the file of slums in Baghdad and the rest of the provinces are worrisome in terms of numbers and the poverty rate, which reaches 70%, in addition to their security and service challenges and their impact on the general situation."
He added, "The slums law is in the corridors of the government, and we expect it to be sent soon to the House of Representatives to expedite a vote on it." An official framework that secures their lives and provides adequate housing for them.
He pointed out, "Several factors stand behind the slums, the most prominent of which are mistakes and backlogs in successive governments in resolving the housing crisis, in addition to the repercussions of the file of forced displacement, poverty, and the lack of prospects to confront the increase in population numbers and migration from the countryside to large cities due to the effects of drought."
And the Ministry of Planning, at the end of last July, released the results of updating the survey of fixing the sites of random housing gatherings in the country, and Baghdad occupied the top of the governorates in terms of random gatherings with more than 1,000 population gatherings, which constitute 23% of its total in Iraq, amounting to 4,679 gatherings.
According to planning, the population of these random gatherings in Iraq is approximately 3 million and 725 thousand people, and the largest percentage of them is located in Baghdad by 846 thousand people.
The slums law, which has been suspended since 2017, which stipulates in one of its paragraphs the imposition of a rent allowance on the residents of slums, sparked widespread controversy among the political and popular circles, amid harsh criticism of the text of the law that increases the suffering of the poor, and some warned against exploiting the issue politically.
Slums or random houses spread in Iraq after 2003, and tens of thousands of poor people built residential homes of bricks, mud and tin on state-owned lands. Baghdad, Basra, Kirkuk, Babil, and Najaf are among the governorates where slums are most common at the entrances to cities or in their public squares.