Bhubaneswar: The State unit of BJP today kicked off its three-day state-wide agitation beginning today to protest against the alleged scam in implementation of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G).
The party had earlier decided to hit the streets in every block of the State to put pressure on the government for arresting the officials involved in the corruption.
BJP State president Samir Mohanty alleged that ineligible beneficiaries were allotted houses under the central scheme while the poor are living under kutcha houses.
A Central fact-finding team has clearly pointed out that government machinery has shown undue favour to BJD workers and supporters who are not eligible for PMAY-G assistance. The central team has also given a report to the State, in which it smelled a large scale corruption.
The State government had ignored nine districts including tribal-dominated Balangir, Kalahandi, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Rayagada and Sundargarh while allotting the houses. The other districts are Bargarh, Boudh and Sambalpur. Mohanty asked the government to explain why the nine districts were left out. What would happen to poor families who are the real beneficiaries? Mohanty asked.
“Beneficiaries in 19 districts are being given Rs 1.30 lakh per house while Rs 1.20 lakh is being given in rest of the 11 districts. We estimate corruption to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore in the housing scheme in the state, Mohanty had alleged.
He said further that pucca houses were allotted to the ineligible beneficiaries in Tangi of Khurdha district. Similarly, funds under the scheme have been granted to the people in Niali block for the construction of a cowshed, he alleged.
“Most of the houses are constructed with sub-standard materials with no windows, doors and toilets. Many houses are yet to get the floor and other works, he said. As many as nine districts have received no work order for the pucca houses, while Jharsuguda district got only four houses,” he said.
Mohanty had alleged further that funds were transferred to the bank accounts of 98,562 beneficiaries manually by the BDOs.