Bhubaneswar: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MPs from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha met Union Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Minister Giriraj Singh on Tuesday seeking universal coverage of Shelter Security with a special focus on KBK & tribal majority districts and cyclone FANI affected families.
In a letter to Singh, the MPs cited the December 11 letter of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to Prime Minister Narendra Modi where the former had reiterated his earlier request to include the identified left-out eligible households under PMAY(G) in respect of districts not affected by cyclone FANI.
The Chief Minister had further requested the Prime Minister to advise the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India 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 from State developed RH Portal to Aawaas+ for PMAY(G) programme.
The MPs stated that the State conducted identification through State developed RH (rural housing) Portal and found 5.09 lakh eligible families in 16 districts not affected by cyclone FANI. These households are predominantly tribal’s in the tribal areas and KBK districts of Western and Southern Odisha. The data of these families need to be migrated to the PWL (permanent wait list) of PMAY(G).
The fifth Schedule of 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, they added.
“We, the BJD MPs of Odisha, strongly feel that the people of Western Odisha, Scheduled areas and KBK regions of Odisha should be provided priority focus and houses should be provided to them at the earliest,” said the MPs.
There are 1.84 Lakh families who had lost their houses in the Cyclone FANI and are staying in dilapidated houses. These families are otherwise not entitled to avail normal PMAY(G) house. The Prime Minister during his visit to Odisha in May 2019 committed to sanction 5 lakhs PMAY(G) houses to cyclone FANI affected families.
PMAY-G (Special) houses to these 1.84 Lakh families need to be sanctioned and the pre-requisite often listen of their name in the PWL of PMAY(G) should be waived.
There might be some more eligible families missed out during survey through Awaas+ and RH portal. Window of Awaas+ should be opened for the entire State for a period of one month to cover these families.
“We hope you would kindly address our request with a sense of sympathy and look forward to your kind cooperation and support in this regard,” the MPs added.
The Union Minister assured that he would again meet the BJD MPs in the next few days along with his Officers and more deeply discuss it and find solutions.