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05-29-2009, 02:38 PM #1
Slumdog kids can't keep both homes
The families of Slumdog Millionaire child actors Rubina and Azhar will have to choose between the homes offered to them by the Jai Ho Trust, or
the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA).
“They cannot avail of two flats from each organisation as we cannot allow it as per government rules. These schemes are meant for homeless people and we want them to live in a decent place. If the families of the children opt to accept the Jai Ho Trust offer, we will not be able to allot homes to them,” said Amarjit Singh Manhas, Chairman MHADA
“MHADA will get a letter from the housing department on Friday, as the Chief Minister signed the proposal two days ago. We will ask the families of both children to see the flats from our Chembur, Sion and Malwani schemes,” added Manhas.
The Jai Ho Trust is in the process of finding the perfect house for the children in Bandra, Khar or Santacruz. The budget is Rs 25 lakh and the criteria for the house includes a good area with clean surroundings, and an attached toilet.
Azhar’s mother has seen a flat offered by the Trust. “It is a good place. It has a separate kitchen and living room, and the toilet is in the house,” said Shameem Ismail, Azhar’s mother. “I liked the place,” said Azhar.
Rubina’s family is yet to see the flat. “I have not seen the place as yet,” said Rubina. “Everybody says that we got two houses, but where are they?” said an angry Rafiq Quereshi, Rubina’s father.
Parents are ‘vulnerable and needy’
But it appears that the Trust does not trust the parents of the child actors and MHADA also does not seem to approve of them.
The homes being offered by the Trust and MHADA, will be in the names of Azhar and Rubina after they turn 18. Until then, the concerned authorities will act as guardians. When asked on whose names the flats will be allotted, Manhas said, “Naturally not in the names of their parents. The MHADA vice-president or the collector - suburban district will be in charge of the flats until they turn major.”
“We want the children to study and grow up as sensible individuals and then decide rationally about their homes. Their parents are too vulnerable and needy, so they could sell the flats anytime, if they need money,” said Neerja Mattoo, a trustee of Jai Ho Trust.
05-30-2009, 10:44 AM #2
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