Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's announcement to provide Jogyata Adhikar Card (Eligibility Guarantee Card) to beneficiaries of pucca (concrete) houses has triggered a political slugfest with the BJP accusing the ruling-BJD of misleading people.
Speaking on the occasion of Panchayati Raj Divas on Thursday, CM Naveen said that Odisha government will provide 20 lakh pucca houses to the poor in the next four years.
Naveen has reportedly directed 21 ruling-BJD ministers and other MLAs to distribute the cards to the beneficiaries in 50 Assembly constituencies across Odisha.
"On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Biju Babu, I am happy to announce the distribution of entitlement card to 20 lakh pucca houses beneficiaries," said Naveen.
At a time when the State government is yet to make the list of beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), on what basis the eligibility card will be distributed in Odisha, questioned the saffron party.
The BJP further alleged that names of around six lakh people, who were earlier allotted houses under the scheme, have been included in the 'eligibility list' once again.
A team of BJP on Thursday also met Union Rural Development Minister and urged an investigation into the matter.
State BJP unit general secretary, Prithviraj Harichandan said, "From where does the CM get the beneficiary list? It's the responsibility of the Panchayati Raj department or the State government and not the BJD to identify and prepare the list of beneficiaries."
Responding to the allegations, Panchayati Raj Minister Pratap Jena said, "If any irregularity is brought to our notice, we will take action against the concerned officials. We will ensure 100 per cent transparency in the entire process."