Bhubaneswar: Odisha Housing and Urban Development Minister Pratap Jena has sought off a letter to Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Giriraj Singh, reiterating the state’s demand to sanction 1.84 lakh special PMAY-G houses as promised in May, 2019 in the aftermath of cyclonic storm FANI.
He also requested the Union Minister to synchronize data of 6.65 lakh households in the state-owned Rural Housing Portal with Awaas+.
Besides, Singh was urged to open the Awaas+ window for some time to incorporate names of eligible left out families.
Jena pointed out that while Odisha’s genuine demand has not been paid heed to by the Ministry of Rural Development so far, synchronization of data from Karnataka state Government MIS into Awaas+ was allowed on January 13, 2022.
“Ignoring repeated requests made by Odisha Government will further deprive lakhs of tribal beneficiaries living in the scheduled areas and deserving poor people belonging to KBK region and western parts of the state,” he stressed requesting the Union Minister to consider the demand for the state’s interest.
Worth mentioning, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had raised the said demand before Prime Minister Narendra Modi thrice i.e December 2021, July 2021 and November 2019.