Pradeep Pattanayak

Panchayati Raj Minister Pradip Kumar Amat on Tuesday let himself loose on the BJP-led central government over the allocation of houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). 

The Minister said we have requested the Centre to allocate 15 lakh houses but it has so far allocated only 9 lakh units. 

“Because of the guidelines prepared by them (the Centre) regarding the eligible and ineligible beneficiaries, many eligible beneficiaries are being excluded,” Amat alleged.  

“For example, a fisherman comes under the SC community. If he has a fishing boat, he becomes ineligible. In similar ways, they have put several restrictions. We have been requesting the Centre to provide 15 lakh houses.  So far, they have allocated 9 lakh houses. 

This is why many eligible beneficiaries are excluded from getting a house. However, the State government continues its efforts to provide them with a roof over their heads,” the Minister said. 

Seconding Minister Amat, Congress legislator Tara Prasad Bahinipati said, “If tribal, poor and daily labourers in villages are suffering, 

it is due to the tussle between the BJP and the BJD. They are still waiting to get a roof over their heads. The central government has not allocated any house for the last three years. I would like to request both the Central and the State governments should come above politics and sanction PMAY houses to the people as it was being done during the Congress regime. People in KBK areas are still waiting for a house.”

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