Administration and police team in Barwani
Administration and police team in Barwani
Harshit Rathor

BARWANI: So often we heard about delay or non-payment of housing aid under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Gramin (PMAY-G) puts beneficiaries in a fix, but situation here in Barwani district is bit different.

There are many eligible beneficiaries who already got aid for construction of their houses, but they are not willing to demolish their old houses and construct new houses under the scheme.

Many expressing surprise over why a poor person in a village would be unwilling to get a house constructed under the PMAY-G when it is a “dream come true for such households”, said either they don’t wanted to demolish their old houses due to attachment or they might misuse the fund which were disbursed under the scheme.

Earlier, the authority has asked to “sensitise” people and do “proper handholding” of officials to convince people to demolished their houses and construct new houses and utilise fund disbursed under the housing scheme.

When contacted Barwani municipality chief municipal officer (CMO) Kushalsingh Dudwe said that there are many such cases revealed in the town in the recent time. Many families are not willing to demolish their old houses and construct new one even after they got first two instalments for the construction.

Dudwe said so far 1,739 families in the town has been benefited under the scheme. Out of this, 41 families are still living in their old houses despite getting money under the scheme. Most of these beneficiaries belong to Panwadi Mohalla and Mayriya Square. On Sunday, administration team along with police force went to the localities and warned this families to demolished their old houses and construct new one. Instead of following their orders, this families starts pressuring administrative officials.

On this, CMO Dudwe made it clear that if they won’t pay heed to the government’s order, administration will load an FIR against such families and will serve recovery notices in future as well.

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