Right to Shelter for all should be made Fundamental Rights in India

Right to Shelter should be guaranteed to all citizens of India and adequate legislation has to be made to protect the housing rights of the poor and the unorganised workers of our country, demanded by participants in the two days’ south zone conference of CBCI Office for Labour organised in collaboration with the organisations, Workers India Federation (WIF) and Kerala Labour Movement at Kochi on 5 & 6 August 2017. Most Rev. Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, the Secretary General of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) inaugurated the conference where he reiterated the commitment of the Catholic Church for the welfare of the working poor of the country. Foremost we should be the torch bearers of development of this country but we cannot accept eviction and displacement of tribal and marginalized people in the name of development. There are more poor people in eight states of India than in 26 countries of Sub-Saharan Africa and therefore programmes like ‘fight against poverty’ should be given more importance than the insistence of online payments in the country.

Minimum wages for the unorganised workers have to be guaranteed in all sectors of job and Church has to fight and ensure that to all workers. In 2030, 60% of Indian would be living cities. And the process of this rapid urbanisation in the country has accelerated the issue of interstate migration in the country.


The Church will strive to see that adequate systems and programs are set in place for the welfare and safe migration of the poor workers from one state to another. Mr. Joseph Jude, President Workers India Federation presided over the meeting. Fr. Jaison Vadassery Secretary CBCI Office for Labour, Fr. Varghese Vallikat, Deputy Secretary, Kerala Catholic Bishops Council ( KCBC), Fr. George Nirappukalayil, Mr. Sebastian Palamparambil, Mr. Alvin Devados, and Mr. Jesuraja also spoke during this occasion.