Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting the latter to allocate 1.84 lakh houses to cyclone Fani-affected families of the State under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin).
The CM also demanded 13 lakh houses for non-Fani affected people, basically in tribal-dominated KBK districts.
Thanking the PM for sanctioning 8.17 Lakh PMAY (G) houses to Odisha, Patnaik drew his attention to the woes of many families in the KBK and tribal dominated districts of the State and many families who have lost their houses in cyclone Fani and sought his intervention.
The CM said that the Union Rural Development Ministry allowed identification of eligible left out families through Awaas+ by March 7, 2019. But the State could identify only 35 thousand families within that stipulated period because of pre-occupation of Government machinery in preparatory work for General Elections-2019, network connectivity issues and LWE violence in some pockets of State.
When MoRD opened Awaas+ window for only the 14 districts affected by cyclone Fani, another 7.87 lakh families were identified. The Odisha government conducted identification through State developed RH portal and found 5.09 Lakh families in 16 districts not affected by cyclone Fani are also eligible. It may be mentioned that these are predominantly tribal districts and KBK districts of the State.
The CM requested the PM to include these families under PMAY(G) by migrating their data from RH portal to PWL of PMAY(G).