Fani Restoration: Odisha fixes modalities for sanction of pucca houses

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government has fixed modalities for the officials to identify the people affected by Cyclone Fani, who will be allotted pucca houses under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awaas Yojana (PMAY-G).

Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Department, in a letter to all District Collectors, Project Director (PD) and DRDA, has asked to undertake special measures in Fani-affected blocks and consider the house damage list prepared by the revenue authorities as the reference list during identification process.

The kutcha houses damaged by Fani and omitted from the enumeration list should be considered for PMAY(G) special house.

Earlier, Odisha government had proposed Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) to sanction 3.89 lakh houses under PMAY(G) Special for Fani-affected families in the first phase.

“MoRD has positively considered our case and we are likely to receive the sanction order shortly. As per the mandate of MoRD, entry of family detail and geo-tagging of damaged houses through MoRD developed mobile app ‘Awaas+’ is a prerequisite,” Secretary of Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Department , Deoranjan Kumar Singh mentioned in the letter to Collectors.

As per the modalities fixed for the BDOs to complete the task in a time bound manner, the department has directed to constitute teams for each gram panchayat and collect information from Fani-affected families and applicants.
A register containing the required information can be used by the team for data entry.

DEO/Block staff should be identified for each GP to enter the collected information in RH Portal. Engagement of three DEOs through outsourcing agencies for a period of one month has been allowed for each Block. In Fani-affected blocks, considering the volume of work, BDO is at liberty to engage more DEOs as per requirement.

DEOs can be engaged either through outsourcing agency or on daily wage basis for a temporary period as per convenience of block. Outsourcing the data entry to an agency can also be explored.