CM stresses more transparency in Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday said the Odisha government will maintain more transparency in Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana.

“The state government has committed to convert all kutcha houses to pucca houses within four years. All rural households should be sensitized of this commitment. The guideline for Biju Patnaik Pucca Ghar Yojana has been revised to make it more transparent. This year, the target is completion of seven lakh houses out of which four lakh houses have been constructed. All should ensure completion of at least 75,000 houses per month during the next four months”, Patnaik said while addressing a two-day workshop of the Project Directors of District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) and the Block Development Officers (BDOs) here.

Stating that the government provides incentive to all beneficiaries for completion of all houses, Patnaik said the PDs and the BDOs should ensure that each beneficiary, after completion of the houses, should be awarded with the incentive in the next four to six months as per the guideline.

“As you know that there is a drought like situation in the state and we see immense potential in the MGNREGA to provide succour to rural masses in distress. My government has recently announced an additional 50 days of entitlement for job card holders in drought affected areas along with 80 percent of extra measures to be borne by the state government”, he pointed out.

He further said the Gopabandhu Gramin Yojana has been extended to all 30 districts of the state. This year, maximum emphasis should be given to all drought related yojanas and Gopabandhu Gramin Yojana.

“I would like all of you to work together for successful implementation of our programmes in rural areas”, the chief minister urged.

The two-day event will have an intense deliberation on the modalities for successful implementation of programmes for development of rural infrastructure.

Among others, Panchayati Raj minister Arun Sahu, secretary Deoranjan Kumar Singh and other senior officials of the concerned department were present at the meeting.