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Odisha Minister Rubbishes Oppn Charges Of Irregularities In PMAY-G


27 November 2019

Debashish Maharana


Bhubaneswar: Odisha Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water Minister Pratap Jena today rejected Opposition's allegation of large-scale irregularities in Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana- Gramin (PMAY-G).

Replying to the adjournment motion brought by BJP member Mohan Charan Majhi and others, the Minister said that PMAY-G which was launched in 2016-17 fiscal is being implemented successfully in the State.

"In the last four years out of 15.57 lakh houses sanctioned 9.03 lakh houses have been completed," Jena told the House giving a year-wise break-up which states that on an average 58% houses have been completed as against houses sanctioned under the scheme since 2016-17 till date.

Informing the House that under this scheme the cost is split in a 40:60 ratio between the State and Central governments, the Minister told the House that till date the State has received Rs 9,030 crore as Centre's share while the State has sanctioned Rs 5,768 crore towards its own share.

Out of the total sum of Rs 14,798 crore, a sum of Rs 14,059 has been spent, which is 95% of the contribution received, he added.

Jena told the House that in the current financial year, the Central Government has sanctioned 5.65 lakh houses, the State has received Rs 1,327 crore as against Rs 2,145 crore towards the first installment of Centre's contribution and Rs 818 crore is due to arrear.

Pointing out that as per the guidelines of the PMAY-G 4% of the required amount for construction of houses is kept towards administrative expenses, the Minister said that out of Rs 373 crore towards administrative expenses out of Central share, the State government is yet to receive Rs 202 crore. All required documents in this connection have been submitted with the Union Rural Development Ministry, he added.

Claiming that the State government is committed to bring transparency in the implementation of the scheme, the Minister said that on the basis of SECC 2011 survey 41.14 lakh families were detected to have been residing in kuccha houses having less than two rooms.

"After a detailed inquiry, a list of 27.49 lakh eligible families were placed before gram sabhas. Following approval by the gram sabha houses are being provided to beneficiaries as per the serial maintained in the list. A list of all eligible beneficiaries was pasted on the walls of the gram panchayat office, Anganwadi Centres and schools for information of the general public. The general public was requested to file their objections if they found anyone ineligible in the list", the Minister told the House.  

Jena informed the House that since names of several eligible beneficiaries did not find a place in the list a survey was conducted by field level officials.

He said that in the first phase of this survey a total of 22.06 lakh families have been found to be eligible which includes 12.75 lakh eligible families in 14 Cyclone Fani affected districts and 9.31 lakh families in other districts and added that process for revision of the list is underway and it is targeted to prepare the final list by December 31.

The Minister revealed that the State government has requested the Centre to provide special houses to 3.89 lakh Cyclone Fani affected families in 14 districts and added that the Chief Minister has written a letter to the Prime Minister to provide five lakh houses; the State government is yet to hear from the Central government in this connection.

Jena told the House that the State government has set up a Toll-free number 1800-3456768 for receiving complaints against irregularities in this scheme.

On the basis of complaints, 22 have been dismissed from their jobs, 44 have been suspended and disciplinary action has been taken against 35, he added.

The Minister reminded the House that the Central government had awarded the State government for excellent implementation of the PMAY-G in 2017-18.