1.24 Lakh People In Odisha’s Urban Areas Don’t Have A Roof Over Their Heads

Bhubaneswar: As many as 1,24,041 people living in urban areas of Odisha don’t have a roof over their heads, informed Housing and Urban Development (H&UD) Minister Pratap Jena today.

Replying to a query by Opposition Chief Whip Mohan Charan Majhi, the H&UD Minister said that out of them, 23,345 people are from the scheduled tribe (ST), 22,251 are from scheduled caste (SC) and 33,327 are from economically weaker sections.

Jena stated that while 1,778 houses were provided at affordable prices in the State under Basic Service to Urban Poor (2009-2015), 11,296 houses under Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme (2009-2015), 4,773 houses under Rajiv Awas Yojana (2013-2022) and 61,091 houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (2015-2022).

Further in reply to a supplementary, the Minister informed that municipality-wise collection of data by the government is underway to determine how many of the remaining people will be provided with houses and by when. On availability of the same it will be provided, he added.

He said Rs 317.76 crore has been provisioned under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana in the current budget for the purpose.