Shram Safalya Scheme in MBMC: Panel report on anomalies in allotment of homes gathers dust for more than five months after submission

The findings of the probe report which could expose massive anomalies in the allotment process of homes by the corrupt elements in the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) under the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Shramsafalya Awaas Yojana, has been gathering dust for more than five months after its submission in January-2021.

More than a decade after the civic administration put out the housing project to provide free houses to conservancy staff who have put in 25 or more years of service, 68 beneficiary families were handed over accommodation in the Poonam Garden area of Mira Road under the scheme in August-2015. However, the entire allotment process was mired in controversy owing to allegations of bias, bypassing eligibility criteria and also of flats being rented out for monetary benefits.

Taking a serious note of the allegations, a committee comprising two retired civic officials was formed to conduct a probe in 2019. The report was submitted in January-2021. “Yes, we are in receipt of the report. The committee will meet next week and evaluate the findings and take appropriate action. We are committed to provide housing to all beneficiaries and it will be ensured that justice prevails.”” said Mayor Jyotsna Hasnale.

Around 200 more beneficiary families are still waiting with their fingers crossed even as 20 workers have already passed away with the dreams of owning a home in their eyes. This despite a notification issued by the state urban development department. In an effort to provide better living conditions to conservancy staff, the government had directed all civic bodies across the state to provide permanent housing accommodation, with a carpet area of 269 square feet to conservancy staff (25 or more years of service) at the time of retirement and in case a worker dies during service period the family is entitled to own the house which will be non-transferable.

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