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Days after the BJP accused the Odisha government of neglecting the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) beneficiaries in Western Odisha, the ruling-BJD on Wednesday hit back alleging that several eligible people are unable to get benefits under the Central housing scheme as the PMAY portal is not opening.

Addressing a presser, Ministers Niranjan Pujari and Sushanta Singh said that deserving people are unable to make it to the beneficiary list as the concerned portal is not opening in the region (Western Odisha).

Even though Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the Panchayati Raj Minister have apprised the Centre about the same, no step has been taken yet, claimed the Ministers.

Both the Ministers demanded the Center to take immediate steps to address the issue helping people of Western Odisha get PMAY benefits.

People of Western Odisha have no access to the portal. It's not opening. Immediate steps need to be taken to make it functional so that people can get houses at rhe earliest and the dream of houses to all can be fulfilled, said Minister Niranjan Pujari.

Responding to the allegations, former BJP MLA Rabi Nayak said several eligible people at the Panchayat level had sent applications in 2018-19, but their applications are still lying unattended at the DRDA offices.

The BJD is just trying to divert the real issues by misleading the people of the State, alleged Nayak.

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