State enhances unit cost of houses under

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Tuesday announced an increase in the unit cost of houses under its flagship 'Mo Kudia', the low cost housing scheme for the poor and homeless.
 
A release issued by the Chief Minister's Office said, each beneficiary in Integrated Action Plan (IAP) districts would get Rs 75,000 to build his own house. Earlier, the State was providing Rs 48,500 in those districts under the scheme.
 
Similarly, such beneficiaries in non-IAP districts would receive Rs 70,000 instead of Rs 45,000, the release added.
 
Notably 18 districts of the state fall under the IAP category.
 
The state government has been providing low-cost houses to all those denied houses under the Central programme such as Indira Awas Yojana (IAY).
 
Officials said, to select a beneficiary, priority is given to poor women, physically or mentally challenged persons, victim of domestic or ethnic violence, victim of naxal violence, destitute widows, women-headed households, adult orphans, victims of fire or flood, victims of leprosy and AIDS.

The state government had launched the housing scheme in 2008.