Bhubaneswar: BJD MP Dr. Sasmit Patra on Friday raised the issue of the need for the opening of Aawaas+ portal by the Centre for including 6 lakh houses of Odisha under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana – Gramin (PMAY-G).
Patra said that the Aawaas+ portal has not been opened by the Centre despite Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 5th July 2021.
The MP demanded that the 6 lakh households belonging to KBK districts, Western & South Odisha and predominantly from Tribal communities be allowed to include their data by ensuring the opening of the Aawaas+ Portal of PMAY(G) at the earliest.
On 5th July 2021, Chief Minister Patnaik had written a letter to the Prime Minister reiterating his earlier request to include about 6 lakh identified eligible households under PMAY(G) in respect of districts not affected by cyclone FANI.
He further requested the Prime Minister to advise the Ministry of Rural Development to open the window of Aawaas+ Mobile App for the entire State of Odisha for a period of one month in order to migrate the data of eligible Households Aawaas+ for PMAY(G) programme.
Six lakh houses under PMAY(G) can be provided to 6 lakh eligible households who are predominantly tribals in the tribal areas and KBK districts of Western and Southern Odisha. It is possible if the Aawaas+ Mobile App window is opened
for a month so that their data can be included.
Patra stated that these six lakh houses are in western Odisha, Scheduled Areas and KBK regions of Odisha. The fifth Schedule to the Indian Constitution provides special protection to these areas as they are tribal-dominated and to facilitate their speedy development.
Also, the KBK regions of Odisha have been very challenging and Governments have always proactively come forward to help.
In light of this, Patra requested the Ministry to open the Aawaas+ Mobile App window for a month in order to ensure that the people of Western Odisha, the Scheduled areas and KBK regions of Odisha are provided priority focus and their six lakh houses are provided at the earliest.