Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 6:
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will launch the ‘Nirman Shramik Pucca Ghar Yojana’ — that offers pucca housing to registered construction workers of the state– on February 20.
A decision on this count was taken today in a high level meeting organised at the state Secretariat and chaired by the Chief Minister.
As per information provided by Odisha Labour Minister Prafulla Mallik, this scheme is likely to benefit about 12 lakh construction workers of the state.
“Under the scheme, the State Government would provide Rs one lakh assistance to registered construction workers for construction of pucca houses. The Labour Department would provide the assistance money to the Panchayati Raj Department after it identifies the beneficiaries. The Panchayati Raj Department will also facilitate the construction,” said Mallik speaking to reporters after the meeting.
Notably, earlier on November 3, Chief Minister Patnaik had made an announcement to launch the ‘Nirman Shramik Pucca Ghar Yojana’ by December. The launch, however, got delayed by two months.
As per information provided by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) back then, under the plan, Rs 1 lakh as housing grant was supposed to be provided to construction workers through the Odisha Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board.
A notification from CMO also stated that workers registered for minimum five years, and aged between 18 and 60 years, were eligible to get the grant to build houses on their own land. However, workers that had benefited from other housing schemes or had their own pucca house could not apply.