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Odishatv Bureau

Jeypore/Bhubaneswar: A woman farmer of Patraputa in Koraput district, Kamala Pujari, who being a member of the Odisha Planning Board was living in a thatched house, got a pucca house today under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.

Earlier in March, OTV had telecasted a story on how Kamala was living with her six-member family in a kutcha house despite the fact that she had brought laurels for the State by winning the ‘Equator Initiative Award’ in Johannesburg of South Africa in 2002 and a ladies hostel building in the campus of Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) has been named after her.

A team of the district administration headed by DRDA project director Deben Pradhan visited Patraputa today and handed over the house to Kamala.

"I am happy that the government gave me a house," said Kamala.

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"Today the house was inaugurated and she (Kamala) was shifted to her new dwelling," said Pradhan, adding that electricity and cooking gas connections will be made available at her house soon.

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