Tribals entitled to PMGAY houses still live in open

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 07:01 AM IST
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Run from pillar to post to receive installment delayed by officials’ reluctance, slow pace of work

Manawar : Indifference of officials and change of directives on every second day are forcing hundreds of eligible tribal from Manawar to run from pillar to post get shelter under Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awaas Yojana (PMGAY).

Despite being entitled to avail benefits of the housing scheme, hundreds of villagers here are either living under open sky or in temporary shelter.

PMGAY, previously Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY), is a social welfare flagship programme started by the central government to provide housing for the rural poor in India. The broad purpose of the scheme is to provide financial assistance to some of the weakest sections of society to upgrade or construct a house of respectable quality for their personal living. The vision of the government is to replace all temporary (kutchcha) houses from Indian villages by 2017.

In Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan kicked off the scheme in Manawar on December 27, 2016, as hundreds of villagers from Dhar, Jhabua, Badwani and Alirajpur were present at the programme hoping to get permanent shelter under the scheme. Even Chouhan instructed all the government officials that he will take stern action against anyone found involved in corrupt practice or taking matter lightly.

But things are different here at Manawar from what Chief Minister committed to the people.

Tribal informed that in Manawar, a list of 733 beneficiaries has been sanctioned after scrutiny work and out of this, 450 have been shortlisted for patta (land) allotment. Even, 163 have received certificates for PMGAY and first installment of Rs 20,000 has already been sanctioned in the month of February.

People claimed that as they came to know about the payment of first installments, most of them dismantled their kutcha house, hoping that once they get money, they will construct puccha house. Most of the beneficiaries even completed construction up to plinth level arranging funds by themselves.

However, now they are left in limbo as the installment is yet to reach their pocket and instead, they have to run from pillar to post to get their money to complete the construction.

Recently, sub-divisional magistrate Harsh Singh even visited the places of beneficiaries and expressed his resentment over incomplete work. Singh directed municipal council sub-engineers to clear the second installment after completing all the formalities as earliest as possible.

On this, engineers informed him that a team of 40 persons had already involved in geo-tagging process and some works were still remaining, delaying the sanction of second installment. This apart, untimely death of municipal council president Rajkumar Jain also added woes to the problem as the post was yet to be occupied to speed up the relevant works.

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