Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Union government’s flagship housing scheme, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), seems to be suffering a major setback in Rayagada Municipality area, thanks to the alleged apathy of the district administration.

According to reports, more than 50 daily labourers of Jhodia Sahi in the city, who are eligible for PMAY, are still living in dilapidated kachha houses with their families. Their plea to the district administration to include them under the scheme and sanction pakka houses have so far fallen on deaf ears.

“I have submitted an application at the Municipality office here several times to sanction a house for my family under the PMAY scheme. But no one is paying any attention to my family's plight,” said Champa Sahu, a resident of the area.

“I am living in a partially damaged and dilapidated house with my divyang son and other family members. But the administration has turned a blind eye to our ordeal,” alleged Ananta Sagadia, a resident of Harijana Sahi.

Similarly, Kumari Kanndagiri also slammed the administration for their alleged lackadaisical attitude towards their ordeal.
“Officials of the district administration have visited our area several times for inquiry. But, so far, they have done nothing to include us under PMAY,” alleged Kanndagiri.

Situation of around 5,000 inhabitants from 26 slums in the district is no different. Most of them have no land and they are living in the huts constructed by them on Railway lands for the last 50 years. Though lands have been identified by the government to allot them, the plan is yet to be materialised. The slum dwellers have also brought the same allegation that due to the apathy of the district administration they have been deprived of owning a house under PMAY.

Meanwhile, Rayagada Municipality officials said that they will soon address to the complaints of the people who are yet to get houses under PMAY.

“More than 1,000 houses under PMAY have been sanctioned and around 700 houses have been completed so far. We will look into the complaints of the people and the eligible beneficiaries will be covered under the scheme soon,” said Yasir Bilal Ahmmed, a senior Municipality official.

(Edited by Pradeep Singh)