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Mrunal Manmay Dash

Jeypore: The beneficiaries of Odisha Liveable Habitat Mission aka Jaga Mission from Bandhaguda under ward number-15 in Jeypore Municipality gheraoed the civic body’s office on Monday demanding quick disbursal of land right documents (patta).

As per reports, the beneficiaries of the ‘Jaga Mission’ have long been waiting to get land right documents from the government. But to their dismay, they are yet to get the documents despite repeated promises.

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Laxmi Choudhury, a beneficiary of Bandhaguda said, “We are 180 families residing in Bandhaguda. Though the authorities had promised us to distribute land title documents on 5th of this month, we are yet to get any documents.”

Another protester rued the fact that though the government has provided electricity and water connections, they are yet to get a house in their name.

Similarly, Urmila, another beneficiary, said, “The district collector has assured us to provide all the relevant documents relating to our land rights once the Coronavirus threat subsides.”

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However, refuting the allegations of delay in disbursement of land documents, the Executive Officer of Jeypore Municipality said, “The slum dwellers of Ward number-15 are misguided by some persons with vested interests. They have come here thinking that the government won’t provide them land rights.”

“A total of 1976 beneficiaries under Jeypore Municipality are slated to get their land right documents. We will distribute that once we get a go-ahead from the state urban development department after the Coronavirus threat subsides,” he added.

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